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January 18, 2017

Kristen Whitney Daniels, January 16, 2017 | Global Sisters Report

When Tracey Horan started her internship with the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, she had no idea what the next year would have in store. Horan thought that she might even “meet a nice farm boy and settle down.”

Now, Horan is discerning her first vows with the same group of sisters.

Horan, who interned with the sisters at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice as well as with AmeriCorps VISTA, sees her time as a volunteer as critical to her journey to religious life.

She recalls a moment on Valentine’s Day where she was asked to help teach the sisters a dance to raise awareness about violence against women and also realized that she might be called to religious life.

“I just remember being in the front and showing them the moves to this dance and thinking there is nowhere that I’d rather be right now. And that was definitely one of the most memorable Valentine’s Days I’ve ever had – I think that was kind of telling,” joked Horan, who is also a contributor to Global Sisters Report.

Simple moments like these are what many former volunteers who have transitioned to a religious vocation say were crucial to their decision to pursue religious life.

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