Cecilia Molina, a young lady from our parish, a few weeks ago began formation with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the photo she is in the front row on the right.
Cecilia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. José and María Molina and she has a younger sister, Maria. Cecilia is a graduate of Jefferson High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota. You also might have seen her buzzing through the clouds. Not long ago she received a private airplane pilot license.
In 2007 I was able to visit the Dominican Sisters’ formation house in Ann Arbor. What a beautiful and joy-filled place. This is a young order – founded in 1997. At that time I visited there were around 100 sisters in formation with an average age of 28 years old.
Twice these sisters were profiled on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Here is a YouTube link of one of those episodes. See if you can watch it without feeling inspired and getting a little choked up too.
The Dominican Sisters profess a charism that is “nova et vetera” – that’s Latin for “new and old.” Their website states, “Our foundation draws from the dynamism of the ‘new’, the vitality of the New Evangelization, and the rich heritage of the ‘old’, the cherished tradition of the Order of Preachers.”
So as you pray for Cecilia pray for all of the young ladies in formation with her. Pray too that more of our young people may come to know the joy of a life offered to Jesus in love.
We all hunger to live our lives in great and beautiful ways. When our lives are surrendered in joy to Jesus, He shares His great and beautiful life with us abundantly.
God bless us all!