Monday, May 11, 2015

Meet Our Sisters: Sr. Leah Ann Sison, OSB

(Meet Our Sisters will be a Blog Series to get to know our Sisters from the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk, NE. Each month we will feature a new Sister and her journey to become a Missionary Benedictine Sister.)

Birth Place:  Manila, Philippines
  First Profession:  28 May 1995
 Final Profession:  12 May 2001
    Mission Experiences:  Rome, USA

Why did you become a nun?
As a teenager, I always wondered what my mission in life is.  After I decided to attend the Vocation Search-in of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Manila in 1991, I became more aware of the religious life and felt a deep yearning to be one of them, that is, to be a Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, and the rest, as they say, is history!
What has been your most rewarding experience as a MBS?
Witnessing the graduation of the college students I taught as a Junior Sister; knowing and sharing with the difficulties that some of them went through as students who were financially hard-up but still tried their level-best to finish their studies.
Talk about foreign mission experience
I used to view being chosen and going to the foreign mission as just for the chosen few, but when I have personally experienced it, I realized that it was not so.  The foreign mission experience is:
-    an opportunity to grow in all aspects of my personhood as a religious and as a Christian, as well, with God as my focus;
-    discovering and knowing that God dwells in a particular culture which has its own beliefs and traditions very much different from mine, and continue believing that God is actually present there;
-    being stretched at all sides and sharing your gifts which you did not know existed.
What would you say to those discerning commitment to religious life?
As we do not really know what lies ahead and see what is on the other side of the ocean unless we take the risk, I would say, continue to pray and listen to what God is telling you and take the plunge into the unknown!


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