Saturday August 19, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Lakeview Resort (directions)
Speaker: SR. THERESE MARIE IGLESIAS
Sr. Therese Marie Iglesias grew up Catholic, went to Catholic schools, and attended Mass every Sunday. As a senior in high school, she received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and experienced God's love for her in a deep and personal way. Yet in college, she tested the waters of "secular" life, which she found very empty. Soon she met a group of religious brothers, and some of them asked her if she had ever considered religious life. Her first reaction was "complete and utter nausea." She realized her reaction was due to misconceptions about religious life. Soon after, a little spark was ignited in her heart. The spark grew when she witnessed the "Brothers of Hope" and their authentic joy that sprang from their intimate relationship with Jesus. She experienced a renewal of her faith, felt a call to deepen her relationship with the Lord, and had a powerful confession experience. She became torn between marriage and a vocation. Then one day the Lord gave her a very clear image of laying prostrate before a crucifix and hearing Him say "My daughter, I am your King, and I claim you as my own." After overcoming some objections from her father, who was eventually convinced through a powerful experience of his own, Sr. Therese entered the Franciscan Sisters TOR in 1998, and made her final vows in 2006.
Sr. Therese Marie says that "Religious life is not a fairy tale...being Christian isn't either. Yet, my vocation points to the fulfillment of the greatest romance that has ever happened in the history of the world: the romance between God and man." She loves sharing her story of God's merciful love and is looking forward to sharing with each of you! You won't want to miss this joyful and sometimes humorous testimony.