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Thursday, October 21, 2010

In the School of the Master

My name is Sr. Emily, and since I'm new to the community of Philadelphia, I wanted to introduce myself. I am a first-year novice on apostolic experience. This means that I am in the second stage of formation to become a Daughter of St. Paul (postulancy is the first stage -- to find out more about our postulants, visit their blog at Most of the time of novitiate is spent at our motherhouse in Boston, where I and Sr. Sylwia (our other novice) help the publishing house, study, and attend class. For this five-month period of apostolic experience, I have come to our community of Philadelphia to experience the Pauline mission here.
I am originally from Buffalo, NY, and I am the oldest of twelve children. I met the Daughters of St. Paul first at a youth conference, and later at the St. Paul Summer Program, a program for high school women held at our convent in Boston. I was immediately attracted to the joy that the Sisters found in their mission, in community with each other, and especially in prayer with the Lord. Later, as I came to learn more about their spirituality and mission, it was like coming home. It felt more and more like Jesus was calling me to love Him as a Daughter of St. Paul, so in August of 2007 I entered the postulancy. I moved to Boston to enter the novitiate in February of this year.
Being in Philadelphia is a great learning experience. I am thrilled to be involved in so many apostolic projects and initiatives -- watch our blog for pictures and information! But most of all, I am excited to see the ways that Jesus will use me to communicate His love to everyone I meet. Remember, He wants to use you, too!

A few fun facts...
My favorite Scripture quotation: "My grace is enough for you" (2 Cor 12:9)
My favorite season: Autumn!
My favorite ice cream: Strawberry

Sr. Emily and Sr. Sylwia at Sr. Neville Christine's first profession of vows in Boston.
Giving a talk on prayer to a religious education class at a local parish in Philadelphia
Cooking for the community :)


  1. Hello, Sr.Emily, from Mrs. Mead and all the Meads! Your Mom sent me the link to this blog and it is so good to see your beautiful face and your joy in your new life with the Daughters of St. Paul. You are in our prayers, please keep us in yours. We love you! God bless all the sisters.

  2. It's so wonderful to be able to see you as a Daughter of St. Paul, Emily, and so happy! I think of you often and pray for you! love you!


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