Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Feminella reminisces God’s call from snowy New York to the deserts of Arizona. Being a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity is more than a destination. We invite you to consider life with us. Click here.
I am the older of two children. We lived in a two family house in Brooklyn, New York; my family lived upstairs and my grandfather lived downstairs.
My sister Angel and I attended St. Cecilia’s grade school. The Sisters of St. Joseph from Brentwood, Long Island taught us. During my time at St. Cecilia I can remember going to Benediction as a young girl; I probably was in 1st or 2nd grade when I had gone to Benediction for the first time. I had to be there to wait for an older friend who would walk me home. It was then that I remember having a very peaceful feeling at Church. I didn’t understand that Jesus was in the monstrance but I felt something different. As I got older my friends and I would pay short visits to Church, especially when we had 36 hour devotion. I felt drawn to this devotion, somehow.
After 8th grade I attended All Saints High School, in Brooklyn. While there I was taught by the Dominican Sisters, from Long Island, New York.
All the years I spent with Religious Sisters I never thought about becoming a Religious; and no one asked me about it! Read on, click here.