Sister Alicia Coomes, OSU: “Mount Saint Joseph was a place of welcome for me!”

Sister Alicia with leadership director Sister Michele Morek, OSU.

“Yet she works very well with the elderly, too,” she continues. “Her experience in nursing at the retirement home and health care facility at our motherhouse and her work as a parish nurse surely have made that clear. As strange as it might sound, I think that her ministry with our elderly sisters may have been an excellent preparation for vocation ministry.”

Sister Michele adds, “Where better to learn the true beauty of a religious vocation than by coming to know sisters nearing the end of their journeys? Sister Alicia’s work has helped to shape her into a compassionate, kind woman who will be a wonderful companion for those discerning calls to religious life.”

Sister Alicia with leadership board member Sister Ann McGrew, OSU.

What is the biggest challenge Sister Alicia faces in her new ministry?

“I think it’s the fact young people have so many choices,” Sister Alicia says. “Because of this, they just really have to have that personal invitation. And it’s just knowing whom to invite, and you’re not going to know that unless you’re out there with them – you have to meet them where they are.”

Sister Alicia says she is optimistic heading into her new ministry.

“I truly believe God is calling and folks are just not responding – but they will, if they are encouraged, and they are invited.”