Sr. Maura

I come from a small village called Springlawn in MountBellew, Co Galway. From there my Primary school education brought me to the Mercy Convent in Tuam for Secondary education. Since then my journey has led me on a winding road of self-knowledge. The treasured road I travelled to this monastery is paved with youthful, innocent and worldly desires which to this day still bring tears and smiles to my face. I spent some years working in England and furthering my education there via college. I returned to Ireland and worked for the Eastern Health Board and continuing along my treasured road I embarked on a journey of self-discovery as I commenced working for the Mater Hospital, not too far from this monastery. It was here that I finally stopped rushing and racing to the pace of this world and started to listen to God’s call and how I should serve others. We are all called to something and somewhere, but through listening attentively I found the directions easier to come upon.

I felt called to the Redemptoristines in 2005 and I entered on the 21st September, which I thank God for. As Redemptoristines we are called to be witnesses, a living memorial of Christ, and I found this to be where I could serve God and others best. Our life of prayer extends beyond the obvious forms to a ceaseless prayer of doing all with and in God. For example, I have received my diploma in Theology and am currently studying for my degree.  I have written icons on occasion and make cards and I have learned to play the flute. I enjoy many other activities also whether it’s going for a peaceful walk or playing a competitive game of scrabble. I have wonderful Sisters in community and a wonderful relationship, thank God, with my family and I get a great sense of comfort in the fact that they are happy about my contemplative form of life. On the 6th August 2011, I took my Solemn Vows as a religious and am still continuing on along my ‘treasured road’.