Thursday, January 2, 2003

An interesting story from Chicago about one of the 100 consecrated virgins in the United States

Riddick’s religious journey began when she was an 18-year-old student attending Northeastern Illinois University. She had started to pursue a degree in music, but felt drawn to a more religious vocation. Although her family was not religious, she decided she wanted to live a life of prayer, simplicity and poverty, like St. Francis of Assisi, she said. “That year I left school and visited 20 convents in the Midwest and the East Coast, but none of those religious communities interested me,” Riddick said. “I was looking for a life of simplicity and poverty.” Unfortunately the religious orders she visited did not fulfill her idealistic viewpoint. Many of the convents had older sisters who weren’t living a communal life, she said. And these convents did not fulfill her idea of living a simple and prayerful existence.

No surprise there...

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