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FROM PAGE 8 been in the Diocese of Marquette. The native of Buffalo, N.Y., currently serves as the pastoral associate at St. Albert the Great Parish in Houghton and St. Anne Parish in Chassell, where she has been since 2004. God doesnt give you a straight call. I have done three major things in my life here in the diocese. I took my final vows at St. Mary in the Sault, I celebrat- ed by 25th anniversary at Holy Spirit in Menominee and 50 years at St. Als. Sister Enright felt it in her heart that she wanted to become a sister from the time she was just 10 years old. She wanted to enter after high school grad- uation at the age of 16, but waited until after college, following her fathers advice. At that time, sisters werent even allowed to go home for anything for the first nine years. So, begrudgingly, I started college. While she was in college, her father died and her mother had a serious stroke. Following those two events, she was grateful she could attend to her family. God was good because I couldnt have gone home for those two events. I entered when everything was changing. God knew what was happening to me, and called for me to enter in the period of change. Sister Enright added, At the time I entered the convent, women could probably be a nurse, a secretary, a so- cial worker or a teacher. None of those appealed to me and God stuck me where the school was going to close. Her first assignment began in 1968 as a teacher at Loretto High School in Sault Ste. Marie, where she stayed until the school closed in 1971. She contin- ued serving Sault Ste. Marie until 1980 when she was assigned to Holy Spirit Parish in Menominee, and served there for 20 years. During her time in Menominee, one of the ministries she took part in was the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Today, it is a ministry she is still heavily involved with in her current assignment. When I was in Menominee I had done convert instruction. It was one of the few things I did where the people that were in front of me wanted to be there. Its been a great gift, watching people get excited about the faith and the word of God. I thought I would get bored because youre going over the same scripture year after year. But, its exciting and the Scripture hasnt gotten boring. Sister Enright reflected on three vows that are taken that have been the focus of ministry. The three vows you take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience - are very freeing. I find that the vow of poverty is a real freedom that I dont have to worry about money. My check goes right to the community, I make a budget and I get what I need. The vow of chastity is a great freeing thing that I can love everyone without anyone else being jealous. The vow of obedience is a vow of freedom that I can listen. The word obey has a root of listening. So, I constantly have to be attentive to what people and God are asking of me. After serving for five decades, what advice do Sister Laurin and Sister Enright have for young women discerning the religious life? Dont be afraid to give it a try. Come and see like John and Andrew did to fol- low Jesus, stated Sister Laurin. Sister Enright echoed Sister Laurin, It is very much like Johns Gospel, come and see. I look back and a lot of the seminarians that are here in the diocese, I see that I had some influence on them and it was come and see. Come and see what the Lord has. I think in our lives, there are religious vocations, there are vocations as parents and there are vocations as a single person. Each of them serves the Lord. Sister Laurin added, Think, what would you like people to say about you when youre gone? I know I would like people to say she made a difference or she loved people without distinguish- ing and treated them equally. For more information on women religious vocations in the Diocese of Marquette, contact diocesan vocations director Father Benjamin Hasse by email at benjhasse@yahoo.com or by phone at (800)562-9745 ext. 112. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS November 13, 2015 9 We offer this sincere and heartfelt expression of gratitude and appreciation for your ministry among us and for the witness you give to the Kingdom of God. May the Lord continue to bless you, your ministry, and those you serve. Bishop John F. Doerfler Bishop Emeritus James H. Garland and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Marquette www.dioceseofmarquette.org To the Women Religious serving the Diocese of Marquette, Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom 5954 Perkins 30.5 Road Perkins, MI 49872 (906) 359-4033 www.cretensfurniture.com A special thank you to the Nuns and Sisters who serve inside our diocese and those from our diocese who serve in other areas. Holy Women of God, you are precious in our eyes, and we love you!! FILE PHOTO Sister Ellen Enright speaks with Chaoli Wang and Hana Kang during a RCIA session in 2012 at St. Albert the Great University Parish in Houghton.

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