Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Sixtina87

Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

Recommended Posts

Sixtina87
okay not even a week ago i came into contact with the Sister Servants of the Eternal word. i was telling them abit about myself and i said that i have been teaching CCD and organizeing confirmation retreats for 3 yrs now.....Sister seemed highly impressed in which i was invited to come down and meet and attend a retreat there in Birmingham Al.

I have ben watching flights and asking what time would be best...as of this morning there was only 6 seats left...then 5...then 2!!!! ONLY 2!!! so i told my mom i have to buy my ticket now if i am going. well...i was half way through purchaseing the ticket..and my parents were trying to tlak me out of it. I was shaking from head to toe and still am but i purchased the tickets anyways. i have heard from a few sisters and people from here that they are a awesome community. I am so excited to be going but so sacred that my dad is upset with me for purchaseing them....i came out of my shell and i now made an adult decision!!!!

YIKES!!!!

does anyone else have commnes about the commuity or about this in general!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
benedictaj
They are lovely. A couple of people here at looking at entering there (I'll let them identify themselves, if they want too.)

The Franciscan/Dominican balance seems to work really well for them, too. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
hey girl...i love the idea of the franciscan/dominican balance..its different and very interesting. i really love their mission...i do the same thing that the sisters do at my own parish....which i have been doing so for 3 yrs now...which seems to be a plus. They also invited my parents to come down which i didnt mention to dad but only to mom. i hope my dad forgives me!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Rick777
I've never heard of a anyone combining the two like that. It sounds very interesting. Good luck Sixtina.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
thanks rick....i'm kinda with you..i havent either but i talked to a couple sisters, one franciscan and she seemed really excited about them...for some reason...evidently they are a very awesome group!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
benedictaj
[quote name='Rick777' date='Feb 7 2006, 05:30 PM']I've never heard of a anyone combining the two like that. It sounds very interesting. Good luck Sixtina.
[right][snapback]878175[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

Yeah, I find it really interesting how they have combined the two spiritualities. Heres an extract from an email from them, starting to explain it:

[quote] the Franciscan focus on devotion (Crib, Cross and Eucharist) is a way of living out the doctrines of our Faith. That is why it dovetails so completely with the Dominican emphasis on study of the Faith. We find the two go best together! (And apparently we are not alone in that because St Dominic himself, as we understand it, wanted to merge the two orders, although St Francis did not agree!) [/quote]

Also, both orders really love the Eucharist, and Mary, so it overlaps there, as well.

:D: God bless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Andrea348
the cousin of a good friend from college is a sister there. she always wanted to go down to visit to see her, but i don't think she's gone yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mary-Kathryn
[quote name='Sixtina87' date='Feb 6 2006, 11:07 PM']okay not even a week ago i came into contact with the Sister Servants of the Eternal word. i was telling them abit about myself and i said that i have been teaching CCD and organizeing confirmation retreats for 3 yrs now.....Sister seemed highly impressed in which i was invited to come down and meet and attend a retreat there in Birmingham Al.

I have ben watching flights and asking what time would be best...as of this morning there was only 6 seats left...then 5...then 2!!!! ONLY 2!!! so i told my mom i have to buy my ticket now if i am going. well...i was half way through purchaseing the ticket..and my parents were trying to tlak me out of it. I was shaking from head to toe and still am but i purchased the tickets anyways. i have heard from a few sisters and people from here that they are a awesome community. I am so excited to be going but so sacred that my dad is upset with me for purchaseing them....i came out of my shell and i now made an adult decision!!!!

YIKES!!!!

does anyone else have commnes about the commuity or about this in general!!!!
[right][snapback]878117[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

My home state !

I don't believe they are too far from Mother Angelica's shrine and monastary. Form what you have said, I know it took alot of courage to go where you think God is asking you to...your Dad will come around. I'll pray for you. Oh, and check the local weather. For some reason people want to think Alabama is like a Carribean Island: warm, tropical and bathing suit time.....Alabama does have winters!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lilllabettt
Sixtina:

This is the community I'm going to apply to (if I can convince my spiritual director, lol. He's reticent about me not finishing college first.)

My sister just got back from a retreat with them, and they were awesome as usual. Sr. Louise Marie will be taking care of you probably, and she is lovely to say the least and very easy to talk to.

My advice: don't worry about packing towels or an alarm clock (they have them)
Are you getting there a little early? Like the Thursday or Friday before? Then be sure to bring comfortable shoes (for cleaning duties and rosary walks!)
Be sure to talk to Sr. Ave Maria if you can (she is a holy riot!)
Be open and honest with them and with yourself!

By the way, just wondering ... who is doing the conferences for the retreat on March 16th?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jgirl
My advice: don't be too hyper! They are more quiet, joyful Sisters than the giddy, joyful ones in Alton (although they do have fun and can get loud, like this one time that we played Apples to Apples). I love the Sisters to death, which is why I applied to enter!

Also, when you go on retreat, hang out with some of the Southern women. They are always a blast and so sweet. This one time, there was a group of women from Memphis on retreat, and one of them told the rest of them that Sr. Greta (the Summit Dominican postulant who was visiting before she entered) and I were "foreigners." Apparently they heard us talking, and I said something like, "In this country..." and she took it to mean that we weren't from America (plus we didn't have Southern accents). So at Sunday lunch, they complimented us on how well we spoke English. We laughed pretty hard about it!

My advice is that when you go, don't go just with the intention of discerning. Really take the time to just be with God. It's not like a discernment retreat where you are always with the Sisters. You will see them, and they will probably sit at your table when you eat to get to know you, but you won't necessarily get to hang out with them during the retreat because they are doing their duties. That's why I always go down on Thursday and leave Monday morning (plus the tickets are usually cheaper). On the Friday you will get to work with one or a few of the Sisters. Last time I did weeding, barbecuing, and shrink wrapping. It was funny because I never know what I'm going to be doing, so I bring different clothes for different scenarios. I didn't know what my task would be, so I put on nice clothes, and then Sister Louise Marie looked at me, and said, "You look lovely, but you might want to change because you're going to be pulling weeds!" And you can bring jeans to wear on Friday and Saturday, but nice clothes for Sunday (although I usually change after Mass). It's really cold in the conference room/chapel, so you probably want to bring a sweater. Edited by jgirl

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jgirl
[quote name='Lilllabettt' date='Feb 7 2006, 06:33 AM']
My advice: don't worry about packing towels or an alarm clock (they have them)
Are you getting there a little early? Like the Thursday or Friday before? Then be sure to bring comfortable shoes (for cleaning duties and rosary walks!)
Be sure to talk to Sr. Ave Maria if you can (she is a holy riot!)
Be open and honest with them and with yourself!

[right][snapback]878597[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

Very good advice!

Especially talking to Sister Ave Maria because she is one of the funniest people I have ever met! She's an amazing artist, too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
OLAM Dad
Sixtina,

They are awesome. I've visited them several times. I hope you like to work, they are hard workers. Every time we go to EWTN or Hanceville we go say hi to Sr. Louise Marie and the other sisters. We visited them in December after Sr. Lauren's entrance. Sr. Lauren discerned with them as well. They really enjoy it when we bring our kids, the kids enjoy it too.

They are very close to EWTN, about a mile.

I agree about Sr. Ave Marie, she's a nut! :crazy: :) I agree with Jenny, she is a great artist. She painted the big Our Lady of Guadalupe display in their meeting room.

You're going to love it there. [b]Be yourself[/b], they need to see the real you just as you are going to see the real them. Edited by OLAM Dad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Laurentina1975
[quote name='jgirl' date='Feb 7 2006, 07:46 AM']My advice: don't be too hyper! They are more quiet, joyful Sisters than the giddy, joyful ones in Alton (although they do have fun and can get loud, like this one time that we played Apples to Apples). I love the Sisters to death, which is why I applied to enter!

Also, when you go on retreat, hang out with some of the Southern women. They are always a blast and so sweet. This one time, there was a group of women from Memphis on retreat, and one of them told the rest of them that Sr. Greta (the Summit Dominican postulant who was visiting before she entered) and I were  "foreigners." Apparently they heard us talking, and I said something like, "In this country..." and she took it to mean that we weren't from America (plus we didn't have Southern accents). So at Sunday lunch, they complimented us on how well we spoke English. We laughed pretty hard about it!

My advice is that when you go, don't go just with the intention of discerning. Really take the time to just be with God. It's not like a discernment retreat where you are always with the Sisters. You will see them, and they will probably sit at your table when you eat to get to know you, but you won't necessarily get to hang out with them during the retreat because they are doing their duties. That's why I always go down on Thursday and leave Monday morning (plus the tickets are usually cheaper). On the Friday you will get to work with one or a few of the Sisters. Last time I did weeding, barbecuing, and shrink wrapping. It was funny because I never know what I'm going to be doing, so I bring different clothes for different scenarios. I didn't know what my task would be, so I put on nice clothes, and then Sister Louise Marie looked at me, and said, "You look lovely, but you might want to change because you're going to be pulling weeds!" And you can bring jeans to wear on Friday and Saturday, but nice clothes for Sunday (although I usually change after Mass). It's really cold in the conference room/chapel, so you probably want to bring a sweater.
[right][snapback]878602[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

I'm with jgirl on this one! After all she's been there, done that! God will lead you. Spend lots of time in QUIET prayer and adoration.

Hugs, Lauren ;) Edited by Laurentina1975

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
[quote name='Mary-Kathryn' date='Feb 7 2006, 07:18 AM']My home state !

I don't believe they are too far from Mother Angelica's shrine and monastary. Form what you have said, I know it took alot of courage to go where you think God is asking you to...your Dad will come around.  I'll pray for you.  Oh, and check the local weather.  For some reason people want to think Alabama is like a Carribean Island: warm, tropical and bathing suit time.....Alabama does have winters!!
[right][snapback]878594[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]


i woje up this moring and asking myself did i really purchase those tickets?? Yes i did but man i feel so great about it. I'm sure my dad will come around and i'll make it a definate to check the weather before i go!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
[quote name='Lilllabettt' date='Feb 7 2006, 07:33 AM']Sixtina:

This is the community I'm going to apply to (if I can convince my spiritual director, lol. He's reticent about me not finishing college first.) 

My sister just got back from a retreat with them, and they were awesome as usual.  Sr. Louise Marie will be taking care of you probably, and she is lovely to say the least and very easy to talk to.

My advice: don't worry about packing towels or an alarm clock (they have them)
Are you getting there a little early? Like the Thursday or Friday before? Then be sure to bring comfortable shoes (for cleaning duties and rosary walks!)
Be sure to talk to Sr. Ave Maria if you can (she is a holy riot!)
Be open and honest with them and with yourself!

By the way, just wondering ... who is doing the conferences for the retreat on March 16th?
[right][snapback]878597[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

Yes i am getting there early...I'm getting there thrusday the 16th of march at 4:31 pm central, the retrea doesnt start until friday evening and goes through Sunday. However i wont be leaving until Tuesday afternoon because its cheaper to fly out and in on tuesday and thursdays. what woulds you consider as comfortable shoes?? jw i work in retail so flip flops and slippers count as my comfortable shoes instead of high heels and "hooker" boots!!! ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
[quote name='jgirl' date='Feb 7 2006, 07:46 AM']My advice: don't be too hyper! They are more quiet, joyful Sisters than the giddy, joyful ones in Alton (although they do have fun and can get loud, like this one time that we played Apples to Apples). I love the Sisters to death, which is why I applied to enter!

Also, when you go on retreat, hang out with some of the Southern women. They are always a blast and so sweet. This one time, there was a group of women from Memphis on retreat, and one of them told the rest of them that Sr. Greta (the Summit Dominican postulant who was visiting before she entered) and I were  "foreigners." Apparently they heard us talking, and I said something like, "In this country..." and she took it to mean that we weren't from America (plus we didn't have Southern accents). So at Sunday lunch, they complimented us on how well we spoke English. We laughed pretty hard about it!

My advice is that when you go, don't go just with the intention of discerning. Really take the time to just be with God. It's not like a discernment retreat where you are always with the Sisters. You will see them, and they will probably sit at your table when you eat to get to know you, but you won't necessarily get to hang out with them during the retreat because they are doing their duties. That's why I always go down on Thursday and leave Monday morning (plus the tickets are usually cheaper). On the Friday you will get to work with one or a few of the Sisters. Last time I did weeding, barbecuing, and shrink wrapping. It was funny because I never know what I'm going to be doing, so I bring different clothes for different scenarios. I didn't know what my task would be, so I put on nice clothes, and then Sister Louise Marie looked at me, and said, "You look lovely, but you might want to change because you're going to be pulling weeds!" And you can bring jeans to wear on Friday and Saturday, but nice clothes for Sunday (although I usually change after Mass). It's really cold in the conference room/chapel, so you probably want to bring a sweater.
[right][snapback]878602[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]


thanks agian for the PM and this comment. It really does help. I was planning on bringing a shirt and just dress like t-shirts that are plain.....i have too many screen-tees but the sisters might not understand the sayings or might think its childish, tlaking about my care bears shirts!!! So what kind of cloths do you think i should bring??? thanks for the advice agian but keep 'em comming!!!!

LOL!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sixtina87
[quote name='OLAM Dad' date='Feb 7 2006, 08:14 AM']Sixtina,

They are awesome.  I've visited them several times.  I hope you like to work, they are hard workers.  Every time we go to EWTN or Hanceville we go say hi to Sr. Louise Marie and the other sisters.  We visited them in December after Sr. Lauren's entrance.  Sr. Lauren discerned with them as well.  They really enjoy it when we bring our kids, the kids enjoy it too.

They are very close to EWTN, about a mile.

I agree about Sr. Ave Marie, she's a nut! :crazy:  :)  I agree with Jenny, she is a great artist.  She painted the big Our Lady of Guadalupe display in their meeting room.

You're going to love it there.  [b]Be yourself[/b], they need to see the real you just as you are going to see the real them.
[right][snapback]878623[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]


thanks dad....i found the phorum that Sr. lauren started when she was discerning with them. I ws really amazed and i found myself loving them more. I'm glad you loved being with the Sisters and seeing them....Thanks for the advice, i dont know about being myself...at work i try to be myself but i get "yelled" at cuz i'm more of a person who likes to joke around but for some reason when i visit rleigious communities i am not that way. What else can you tell me about the sisters??

thanks again dad!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
passionheart
[quote name='Mary-Kathryn' date='Feb 7 2006, 08:18 AM']My home state !
  Oh, and check the local weather.  For some reason people want to think Alabama is like a Carribean Island: warm, tropical and bathing suit time.....Alabama does have winters!!
[right][snapback]878594[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]

My friend from a Canadian point of view, Alabama's winter is the Caribbean for us :D: -1 C (31F) Balmy!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
daugher-of-Mary
They are such a lovely, holy bunch of Sisters! A dear friend of mine belongs to that community...please say "hi" to Sr. Mary Faustina from Elizabeth in PA for me!

I agree with jgirl...don't go with the intention of discerning that community in particular. Go with the intention of giving your heart and future more completely to God. There will be plenty of time to spend just with Him, so make good use of it! Let Him love you, and love Him, and leave the rest in His hands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jgirl
[quote name='Sixtina87' date='Feb 7 2006, 12:34 PM']thanks agian for the PM and this comment. It really does help. I was planning on bringing a shirt and just dress like t-shirts that are plain.....i have too many screen-tees but the sisters might not understand the sayings or might think its childish, tlaking about my care bears shirts!!!  So what kind of cloths do you think i should bring??? thanks for the advice agian but keep 'em comming!!!!

LOL!!!
[right][snapback]878988[/snapback][/right]
[/quote]
For the comfortable shoes, bring sneakers. They have gravel, and you'll probably go on at least one Rosary walk. Definitely don't bring the boots! I wore lace patterned tights when I got off the plane for my first visit, and even though they only saw them for a few minutes because I got in at 2 am, rumor has it that I wore fishnets (which they could have been confused for easily in the dark). I usually bring nice shirts and nice jeans or pants because that's how I usually dress. I probably wouldn't go with Care Bears, though (I do say that as one who has a change purse that's the shape of Hello Kitty's head).

Be yourself, but take a step back and see what flies. Don't be scared. They are all very easy to talk to!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×