I am humbly asking for prayers and donations for my sister, Katherine as she pursues her vocation to become a Sister with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Our older sister, Sara, made a quilt and we are holding a $10 p/ticket raffle to elimiate Katherine's student loan debt so that she can continue in formation debt-free. At the time when she entered, the community accepted her; despite her student loan debt. She wrote an appeal letter to her friends and our family twice. This was successful, to a point. When she graduated, she had $17,000 of student loans. In two years, that amount has been reduced to less than $5,000. My sister Sara (Katherine's older sister) and I are trying to make this "final push". While our parents have been very supportive of her vocation, Katherine and my sisters do not want to see them with this burden. Unfortunately, my sisters and I are not in a position to singularly "wipe it out". Sara thought the quilt raffle would be a positive way of appealing to people beyond our close family and friends.
Katherine started the formation process in 2007. She is currently a Novice, having completed her pre-postulancy and postulant years. She quietly discerned her vocation throughout college. She came across the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (ASCJ) and was particularly moved by their motto, "Caritas Christi Urgent Nos"; roughly translated "the love of Christ impels us". She is really motivated out of love for God, and in turn, love for others.
The Apostles are an active order, and their primary ministry is in education. Katherine received her Bachelors in Music Education. She is an accomplished instrumentalist and uses her talent for the community. Right now, as a novice, she is teaching at a school in Bridgeport, CT. Other areas of ministry within the community include Pastoral/Diocesan, Health, and Social Services.
We have a facebook page called "Quilt for the Convent" We have pictures and information there as well. As it stands today, we have raised nearly $1200– almost 30% of the goal. And there are about 15 days left before we plan to raffle the quilt.
I respectfully request your prayers for the success of this raffle. For more information, or if you are interested in donating, please do visit at giveforward.com/quilt. We need help getting the word out! I'm also happy to answer any questions here.
With sincere thanks and prayers,