Why I Love Being A Sister Servant of the Blessed Sacrament
Sr. Bellanira Meda, SJS –I’ve always had a strong foundation of prayer, especially the Rosary. At 23 years old my searching for God began to increase and I found myself on the internet looking for anything related to the Virgin Mary and Jesus. I listened to Catholic radio all the time and read many books about the Saints. I purchased a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and made an altar to her in my bedroom, Mary became my Spiritual Mother. I couldn’t pray the Rosary without seeing our blessed Mother urging me to consecrate and dedicate my whole life to the Lord, but I felt unworthy to the vocation.
One Sunday during the homily the priest was talking about vocations, when he walked down the aisle and came right up to me and said, “We need religious vocations!” I began to cry as I knew this declaration was meant for me. The next day I went to the priest. He sent me to the Diocese of San Diego, where I spoke with Sr. Aurora Lopez, the Vocations Director. After leaving the meeting I sat in my car questioning, “What do you want me to do Lord?” Just then Sr. Aurora called my cell and asked if I was interested in joining her congregation, Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. I was so excited and happy!
Jesus gives Himself freely, fully, faithfully and fruitfully, and I meditate on this when I receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus said, “I lay down my life freely, no one takes it from me, so that you [my Bride] might have life.” Jesus pours out his life for me and all of us every time we receive him. To anyone discerning their call to a vocation I say, let go of the fear! Follow the Commandments, go to Mass, spend a lot of time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and receive the Sacraments. Ask the Lord about your mission. He will tell you what to do and will provide you the strength you need.
Sr. Susana Del Toro Vargas, SJS – This is a love story. “God is Love” and the most faithful Lover who is always waiting, always forgiving, always giving Himself.
My mother laid the foundation of my vocation. I remember her praying the rosary and visiting the Blessed Sacrament with such a faith that I was sure she had received what she was praying for. When I came to the United States, I met the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California. I was a member of the youth group, a lector and a choir member in my parish. I was also studying and working full time. One day, the sisters invited me to the Holy Hour they had every Friday afternoon at the convent. The idea of becoming a sister really didn’t cross my mind. In fact, when Sr. Maria Elvia Gonzalez asked me if I would like to join the convent, I answered, “I’m not crazy!”
But even then, God was working on my heart. I began to seriously consider the idea. I prayed and I gradually came to know in my heart and soul that He was asking me to respond to his calling. In the silence of my prayers, I finally found my answer: yes, I did want to live a religious life. I want to be with God! I want to serve God! Shortly after, I attended a sister’s retreat and learned more about their ministry. I didn’t want to be a teacher, though; I wanted to help the poor, the hopeless, the castoffs of society. Then I remembered the inspiring words of our founder, Fr. Silviano: Education is the solution to many problems in our society; knowing Christ is what can change the human heart and inspire us to work for a more just and peaceful world. Then I knew God was leading me to an unknown path, but I was not afraid. I knew He was always with me.
Two years of soul searching followed. I entered the convent, even though my family didn’t support my vocation. It was so painful to leave my parents and brothers and sisters, but when I said “yes” to God, he sustained me in my decision and has been my constant love and support every day. I appreciate the fact that in my teaching I am able to make a difference in the life of others. Because God makes the difference in my life, my prayer becomes the love in my heart, the strength of my hands, the knowledge in my brain and the word in my mouth. He gives me the courage to face the challenges of everyday living. I thank God for the great gift of my vocation, a vocation that means mystery, action, adventure, sacrifice, commitment, fidelity, fulfillment, happiness, and above all, love. I pray He will grant me the grace to love Him deeply until the day I die.
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.
— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
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