Today’s Vocation Story comes from Sr. Mary Delrita Glaser, SND, a Sister of Notre Dame in Covington, KY. Sister Glaser is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Notre Dame Academy of Covington, KY.
What’s my story? How did I get where I am??? Well, I am the fourth of five children, born into a loving and actively Christian family. Growing up in Carthage, Ohio, I attended our parish Catholic grade school, St. Charles, and watched my older cousins and then brother and sisters as they dated and eventually married. Life was so full and so interesting – I wanted all of it! As a child might do, I was gathering interesting names for my future children like Anastasia, Cunigunda, Irmgarde, and at the same time, I was planning on being a Sister.
Well, I finished the eighth grade and wanted to go to OLA – Our Lady of the Angels High School – where all my friends and classmates were going. But my parents had another idea. My mother had attended Ursuline Academy on Oak and Reading Roads, and she wanted all her girls to go there too. So I was sent to Ursuline. As much as I fought it, I came to realize it was a blessing. I got into a new group of friends and began to see things a bit differently. This was a real wake-up call from God. He had plans for me, and he needed to get my attention. I needed to listen to him. He got it, and I listened.
During Lent of my freshman year, I made a day of recollection at St. Joseph Heights. I came home with the announcement to my Mom and Dad that I wanted to enter the convent! They were supportive and so, for my sophomore year, I found myself changing schools from Ursuline to Notre Dame Academy in Covington so I could become an Aspirant of Notre Dame. And that was the real beginning of a wonderful walk with God through the years of my life since.
I went through initial formation, taught primary school for a couple years in Ft. Mitchell, Alexandria and Newport. Then I studied nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and at UK in Lexington. I spent a lot of years taking care of God’s people from the OB nursery at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, KY to geriatrics at the convent infirmary and at St. Charles Nursing Home in Ft. Wright, with Morehead’s ER and ICU in between.
More recently I heard a new call. I’ve spent the past 16 years in Buseesa, Uganda, East Africa, helping bring God’s love to life through education and whatever else we’re able to do to help the people there.
My ears are open, listening, ready for the next item on God’s agenda. Come with me… it’s a wonderful life!
Can you name an experience when God spoke to you in a place you didn’t expect to find him? What good came from that experience? How have you used that experience in your discernment?
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