As a candidate of the Society of the Sacred Heart I am still on the journey of discovering whether this is the right religious order for me. As such I cannot yet tell you why I definitely think I am in the right order, but what I can tell you about is what has led me to believe that this might be the right place for me and to search for my vocation within this congregation.
I knew and had visited a handful of different religious orders when I went to a vocations weekend with the Society of the Sacred Heart. During the weekend I heard women talk about their life in the Society, how they understood its charism and tried to live it out. As I heard them talk I remember thinking that it all made a scary amount of sense to me, somehow I felt that I could understand what they were saying through my own experiences of God and the world. As they went on to talk about community life and being part of an international congregation, I heard reflections that matched and built on thoughts that I'd had in the past. It seemed as though there was something here that resonated with who I felt I was and who God was inviting me to be. I left feeling that this was a way of life that seemed deeply attractive and exciting, in a way I hadn't felt with other orders.
Since then I have continued to get to know the Society better, through meeting more sisters, reading the constitutions and learning about its history. In doing so I have continued to be inspired and attracted by its way of life; although there have also been times when I have found myself being challenged by it. However, the challenges have led to a deepening of my knowledge and understanding of who God is and a growth in my relationship with Him, which hopefully is a sure sign that I'm heading in the right direction.
Siobhan became a novice in September 2012