Maureen Hickey is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of New Windsor. She is the nurse administrator of Presentation Health Care Center in Leominster, Massachusetts, and belongs to St. Joseph Parish in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where she volunteers as a parish nurse and is a member of the choir.
As I look at the future of religious life, I want to share a touchstone moment that happened right before I took my first vows. It took time to fully understand what it meant, but the experience has reassured and comforted me in times of great change. Several years later, I was finally able to put my reflections on this experience in writing.
Was it a coincidence that this happened on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis raised the July 22 celebration of St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a liturgical feast.