Jennifer Wilson is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Before entering the congregation, she completed two years as a Mercy Volunteer corps member in Guyana, South America. Her graduate degree is in education and special education. She has worked with homeless women and children as a social worker and presently is a theology teacher and the diversity, inclusion and equity coordinator at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York.

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Did God tell you to not have a kid?

Horizons - My vow of chastity makes it possible to love God and others in what is the best way possible for me — and I am grateful to have Massa, Isaiah and several other amazing kids in my life.

My students give me hope there will be change

Horizons - The pandemic continues to unfold, and recent protests against racism are increasing. But I continue to find glimmers of hope in both scenarios, in part because I was able to continue to teach theology to my high school students online.

My ring told me: Love never fails

Horizons - As I moved closer to making my final vows, choosing a motto was a way to have something that would encompass, in a few words, why I was ready to say yes to forever. I chose "Love never fails" from 1 Corinthians 13:8.

Will there be only white people there?

I was happy that my students had agreed to go on a retreat focused on social justice and service. But I had not given much thought to the issue of diversity, of who would be on the retreat with them.