Today’s vocation story comes from Sr. Cecilia Taphorn, CPPS, a sister of the Precious Blood. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, OH and is a daughter of Nativity parish in Cincinnati, OH.
I grew up in Pleasant Ridge and went to Nativity grade school staffed then by the Sisters of Mercy. I think the my religious vocation began when I had a Sister that taught me in the sixth grade and who also taught me piano lessons. She was a very happy and kind person and left a huge impression on me.
After I graduated from eighth grade, I went to Regina High School in Norwood, Ohio, where the Sisters of the Precious Blood taught and lived in the convent attached to the school. I had many wonderful sisters for my classes, but my business teacher had a major influence on me. She, too, was very happy, kind and had a special way of acknowledging me. She went out of her way to talk to me and took an interest in my social life. As far as I can remember she never talked to me about being a sister.
I was a typical teenager. I was active in sports, went to parties, and was having fun. I remember walking to Nativity Church with my mother for daily Mass during Lent and to other devotions at the church. As a family we prayed the rosary each night. I had a feeling that I might have a religious vocation, but I didn’t want to enter the convent.
My mother taught me by her example that unless a person does what God wants, one will never be happy. Of course, I wanted to be happy, so every night in my senior year I prayed, “Lord, help me to want what you want.” I don’t think I ever mentioned to anyone about saying that prayer each night. Yes, God did answer my prayer.
In April of my senior year, after the sisters drove a carful of us girls to visit the Precious Blood Sisters’ motherhouse in Dayton, I knew that I wanted to become a sister. To see the sisters as truly human and happy was of utmost importance to me. Those two qualities assured me that I would not lose my individuality or my joy and love for life.
I entered the community the following August, 1959. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati I taught at Precious Blood School in Dayton, Ohio from 1969-1971. I also served as the principal of St. Joseph School in Wapakoneta, Ohio from 1971-1978; Bishop Leibold School in Dayton from 1979-1986. Since then I served 18 years as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary Church in the Diocese of Columbus. I have tried to share God’s love in a personal way and to be a caring and life-giving presence. I am very grateful to God for calling me to serve the Church as a Sister of the Precious Blood. They have been not only happy but very rewarding years. I am now serving in a full time leadership team with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton.
What are the activities/careers that most interest you? Did you know that religious brothers, sisters and priests hold a job in nearly every career field? Have you thought of the possibility that you may be called to something more as a teacher, or nurse, or engineer?
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