Recent surge in sisterhood at University convent gives inspirtation to other students

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 6:16pm

Three students studying at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are preparing for life after college but their lives will be much different from others their age. They are getting ready to make a big move, into a convent, to begin living a religious life.

Heather Sikes looks like any 20 year old girl who’s enrolled in college.

“I’m excited and I am ready,” she said.

But Sike's path after college will be something different than many other students would take at her age.

“It was always in the back of my mind, to see what my desire about religious life was,” noted Sikes. “At the time I didn't really know what these feelings meant or what to do with it."

The junior began as a pre pharmacy major but now is getting ready to move into a convent at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to become a sister of Our Lady of Sorrows.

“It’s very encouraging seeing that some young people are still interested in religious life; giving their life to God and the service of others,” says Our Lady of Sorrow’s Sister Anthony.

It's the first time this convent has ever had three young girls join its service together but their decision caused some challenges for the convent.

“Of course these young women having the good problem of having to expand the convent in order to get a place for them to stay," said Father Sibley.

Father Sibley says these women will hopefully be a huge inspiration to the 10,000 other Roman Catholics on campus.

"If they can do it, I can do it too and complete a degree," noted Our Lady of Wisdom Church’s Father Sibley.

And Heather says when she applied to the convent in November; she didn't even know two other girls were interested. It was then she realized how ready she was to make this huge decision.

"The Lord is calling and people are answering," stated Sikes.

Heather and the two others girls will stay at the convent until they finish their degrees, then they will head up to north Louisiana for two years. A few years after that, take their final vows, that's when they will officially become nuns.


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