The Pearl of Great Price

Sr. Anahyd Mariam Reflects on Her Final Profession

I have one very distinct memory about what I wanted to do with my life when I was younger – I remember there was a night when I was only 15, where I was contemplating how I wanted to be remembered. It was the first time I was able to put into words what I had been feeling for as long as I had remembered.

I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to change and impact not only my family or my relatives around me, but I wanted to change and impact the world. The only thing I hadn’t figured out was how.

As I grew up, that desire only became stronger and it lead me on a unique and challenging journey – a journey that has led me to this moment and day, to my final profession.

As I was discerning what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I began praying and thinking about the consecrated life and what it means to be a religious sister. I entered the Workers of the Vineyard 7 years ago, and in those 7 years I have grown tremendously, with the grace of God and the help of those around me. The vision Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, our founder, had for us has come into fruition and we are able to serve our people within this Diocese, using the very talents and desires God has placed within each of our hearts. I am so very blessed to be given this opportunity, to be able to make my final profession and to consecrate the rest of my life to Jesus Christ and His Church on the Feast of Our Lady of the Fields, which also happens to be Pentecost and the 7 year anniversary of my entrance. I am blessed beyond measure, and look forward to serving Christ, His Church and this Diocese for the rest of my life.

“Workers of the Vineyard” is an Association of the Christian Faithful of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle, USA, of women who have dedicated their gifts for service to Christ and his Church, living in a diocesan convent, in order that they might grow in holiness by filling the needs of the Diocese and their community, as directed by the Eparchial Bishop.

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