ANN ARBOR, MI. (CNA/EWTN News) - In February, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since then, almost all the feedback the sisters have received has been overwhelmingly positive the sister's mission director told CNA/EWTN.
During their appearance, the sisters fielded questions regarding their vocation and discernment, their vows of poverty and chastity, and their life in community. "I think the main excitement for the sisters comes from the fact that we are glad to have had the chance to tell our story in such a positive, balanced manner to such a large audience," Sister Maria Guadalupe Hallee, Director of Mission Advancement for the sisters, told CNA/EWTN.
"One of the sisters here put it really well when she said that the focus of the show really seemed to about ´who we are´ rather than ´what we do,´" she added. "We are really pleased with this, because although it seems like a very small distinction, it´s really quite important."
On the show, "many of the sisters spoke about experiencing a desire for something more, and I would say that it is our identity as religious (brides of Christ, which Oprah found so fascinating) that fulfills us more than our activity – again, the primacy of ´being´ over ´doing,´" Sister Maria Guadalupe explained.
Since the show aired, the sisters have received positive feedback from all sides. Sister Maria Guadalupe reported that while traveling by plane, a flight attendant asked her if she had seen the "nuns" on Oprah. The question presented an opportunity for a lengthy conversation which proved edifying for those around them as well. She said that other sisters have also been approached about the show in gas stations, grocery stores, or on campus.
After the show, the number of young women registered for the sisters' February discernment retreat jumped from 70 to 135. The community has also received many emails from new and old supporters, both before and after the show, sharing their excitement. "Probably our favorite feedback, though, comes in the form of stories we´ve heard, both directly and indirectly, from individuals who have been away from the practice of their Catholic faith, but were encouraged by the joy of our sisters to consider returning to the faith," explained Sister Maria Guadalupe. "These potential conversions are very precious to us, and we continue to pray for all who have encountered us through this show."
In the end, "we could not have asked for anything better!" exclaimed the joyful Dominican.
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