Welcome, Michelle Blevins!

Posted on: January 1, 2018 3:00 pm
Tags: Vocation, Novitiate,

Left to right: Sr. Mary Rose Moser, Sr. Josephe Fernandez, Sr. Mary Dolores Giblin, Michelle Blevins, Sr. Mary Paul Ann Hanneken, and Sr. Mary Rachel Nerone at the Notre Dame Academy convent.

by Sr. Mary Rose Moser
National Postulant Director for the Sisters of Notre Dame

On December 19 in Chardon, Ohio, the Sisters of Notre Dame received Michelle Blevins as a postulant.

Transitioning into religious life more formally is the focus for a postulant. Moving to Covington, Kentucky on January 2 for the national postulant formation, Michelle will continue her time of discernment to a vocation to religious life with the Sisters of Notre Dame and to preparation for the novitiate. This period of formation may last from six months to two years and includes interaction with the sisters of the province through celebrations, faith-sharing and discussions, and activities of service.

Michelle will live and participate in community living with five sisters at the Notre Dame Academy.  Michelle’s program also includes getting to know other new members to religious orders in the Greater Cincinnati Area, such as through inter-community classes held each Monday.  Besides a Sister of Notre Dame session held weekly, Michelle will study a class in theology at Xavier University, give service within the SND community and eventually in mission in the local area.  Various dimensions of the postulant formation include human growth, spirituality and prayer, religious life and community, Christian and theological study, apostolic experiences and professional growth, and cultural sensitivity. 

As director of our national postulant formation, it has been my privilege and grace to have walked already with Michelle on a number of occasions.  I am inspired with her sincerity and openness in discerning and responding to what she believes is her call at this time.  She is letting go of many familiar things in order to discern further God’s life-giving call for herself and God’s people.  With eagerness she is arriving in Covington and I welcome her with open arms!  At once, I feel humbled and energized to accompany Michelle as she walks her sacred journey.  Let us sincerely hold her in prayer.



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