Consecrated Life

Sister Therese teaches kids to speak Vietnamese so they can talk to their parents

Incongruence can be bewildering. Arriving in Michigan in 2002, Sister Therese Vu couldn’t comprehend why the wealthy chose to live in the country and the poor resided in the city. In her native country, Vietnam, the exact opposite is true. The economic anomaly took some time to understand.

Weather was another adjustment because Sister Therese’s first assignment was in the Upper Peninsula. “My hometown of Lam Dong in South Vietnam is typically in the mid-80s. I was so cold!”

A sister and a mother

When Sister Mary Fallon joined the Servants of God’s Love 27 years ago, the last thing she expected was to become a mother. Today, she is both a sister and a mother to four daughters.

The order, which began in Ann Arbor as part of the charismatic renewal of the 1970s, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

“Our apostolic is to bring God’s love in a variety of ways,” says Sister Mary. “I had been teaching when I first joined our group. It was back in the late 1980s when AIDS was first coming to light. We wanted to care for the AIDS orphans.”

“Life with the Oblates is what I needed”

Joe makes first vows

Joe Katarsky first encountered the Oblates when a student at Lumen Christi High School. “They all just seemed very down to earth, relaxed and funny,” Joe says. “There was a deep faith and spirituality about them.”

On August 15, Joe Katarsky made his first vows to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at St. Mary of Good Counsel Church in Adrian. Joe had searched for years before realizing God was calling him to consecrated life.

From a whisper to a shout: Father Fred’s call to the Augustinians

Being an Augustinian priest has given Father Fred Taggert a life of travel, teaching and preaching. His time with the Augustinians began in high school, more than 60 years ago. 

As a sophomore, Fred Taggert heard a whisper calling him to the Augustinian Order and life as a priest. After a classmate announced his intention to begin studies toward the priesthood, the whisper became a shout for Father Fred. “I thought, if this guy can do it, so can I,” he says. “I felt an inkling to become a priest  –  also I wanted to become a teacher.”

Sister Theresa helps kids ‘believe in their own goodness’

Sister Theresa Fifer, O.S.F., believes her life with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, Illinois, was formed by her mother. The importance of all life was taught every day by her mother.

“She set us up for the Franciscan way of life without even knowing it,” Sister Theresa says. “She was a very ethical and compassionate person.”

Raised Catholic in Toledo, Sister Theresa always loved the Church. “I felt called as a child,” she says. “When I was younger, people thought I would end up in the convent.”

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