Green Bay resident joins Dominican Sisters of Mary

By | September 16, 2009

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Sr. Imelda Marie is pictured with her parents, Dawn and Christopher Shaw, following her first profession of vows with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. (Submitted photo | For The Compass)

“It (deciding to become a sister) was a whole process,” Sr. Imelda Marie said. “We received a mailing from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and it really had an effect on me. The sisters in the picture looked like they had such a joy-filled life.”

Sr. Imelda Marie was born in Madison, but moved to the Green Bay area with her parents, Christopher and Dawn, when she was 1. She has a younger brother, Jacob, who is currently a senior at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Sr. Imelda Marie was home schooled from fourth grade until high school, when she attended Mount Carmel Academy at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay.

As a young girl, Sr. Imelda Marie enjoyed learning about saints through books. This connection brought the possibility of entering religious life to the forefront for her and highlighted what she believed God was asking her to do.

“Entering the religious life was always in the back of my mind,” Sr. Imelda Marie said.

It was during her sophomore year that Sr. Imelda Marie first encountered the Sisters of the Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist at a conference in Chicago.

According to Sr. Imelda Marie, her parents and extended family have been very supportive of her decision to become a sister.

“They can tell I am really happy. Their support is a real blessing,” she said.

In August, Sr. Imelda was one of nine women to profess first vows – of chastity, poverty and obedience – at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist’s motherhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich. Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, was the main celebrant for the Mass.

In three years, Sr. Imelda Marie will profess her vows again and in five years she will profess her final vows.

Sr. Imelda Marie said she has spent her time adapting to prayer and community life. The thing she likes most about religious life is the joy it brings and the community life she has with the sisters.

“No matter where we have come from, we know each of us is aiming for the same thing – to grow in holiness,” Sr. Imelda Marie said.

According to Sr. Imelda Marie, the majority of the sisters will become teachers, whether it is in a school or a mission. She plans to attend Eastern Michigan University to obtain a teaching degree, since she didn’t attend college before entering the convent.

“I am thankful for the grace God has given me,” Sr. Imelda Marie said. “And I am praying for the Green Bay community, as it holds a special place in my heart.”

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist has more than 80 sisters from more than 30 states and Canada. To learn more about the religious order, visit their Web site, www.sistersofmary.org.

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