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Sister Brigitte Minkada, CND

“When I was a teenager, a classmate asked me: ‘What would you like to become?’ I smiled. I was happy without really knowing why. I felt like I had met someone very special. My answer was my smile. I felt such joy.

Weeks later I answered her, ‘I will marry the poorest man in the world. The only request I will make of him is that he love me unconditionally. Nothing else will matter.’ She smiled back at me.

It was like a thunderbolt when, suddenly, I realized that I was speaking of Jesus. From then on my signature would include the phrase, ‘the Lord’s future bride.’ As I became older, these feelings subsided and I grew distant: ‘Jesus, I am no longer interested in your offer. Let’s make a deal. If you give me a family, I will give you all my children, but not me.’ This tug of war lasted a number of years. These plans I was negotiating with Jesus were not bringing me joy.

I finally gave in to Jesus and tearfully said ‘yes.’ It was a painful ‘yes,’ but the inner peace I felt was very strong. Jesus is always respectful of our free will and I appreciate that. The only thing he needs to accomplish his will is my trust. I was trying to get away but Jesus had faith in me and still has faith in me. With a loving heart, he was waiting for me.

Thank you, God, for your trust in me. I want to love you unceasingly. Bless the promise I have made.”


Written Stories

Sister Brigitte Minkada, CND

[…] “‘I will marry the poorest man in the world. The only request I will make of him is that he love me unconditionally. Nothing else will matter.’ She smiled back at me…”


Sister Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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Sister Louise Breton, CND

[…] “It was the first step toward my new spiritual life: recognizing with all my heart that I had been chosen, that I was a child of God, I was worthy in His eyes and that He loved me.…” [read]


Sister Bernadette Gallant, CND

[…] “I would like to be a nun so that I would be sure to get to heaven.” This was about the extent of my knowledge of nuns then and up until a very few years ago…” [read]


Sister Susan Kidd, CND

[…] “I did not see bright lights or hear voices (that would be scary!). But the more I spent time with the sisters, the more at home I felt, the more I could see myself as a Sister…” [read]


Sister Peggy Doyle, CND

[…] “I made the decision to join a community rather quickly. The truth is that while I had thought about religious life for a few years, (along with a lot of other things…” [read]


Sister Marie de Lovinfosse, CND

[…] “I asked myself: ‘What do I want to be when I grow up...?’ The first thing that came to my mind was: ‘I will never enter a religious order because it’s dull!’…” [read]


Sister Tsukimi Fujiwara, CND

“I first learned about the CND from the bulletin board at Saint Ignatius Church, the Jesuit Church in Yotsuya, Tokyo. There I saw some information about a vocation retreat…” [read]


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