Nicole Trahan, FMI, professed first vows as a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) in June 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. Since then she has lived in Dayton, Ohio, where she professed perpetual vows in August 2013. She served as a campus minister at the University of Dayton for three years. Currently, she teaches sophomore religion at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, serves as the national director of vocations for the Marianist Sisters and is director of the pre-novitiate program for her province.
Horizons - The year after I graduated, I completed a year of service. I worked in a Catholic grade school in Uvalde, Texas, a place I could never forget. Unfortunately, after last month, no one will ever forget Uvalde.
A good way to observe Lent this year is for all of us as individually and as a church to repent for our collective sinfulness — historical, present-day, systemic, embedded.
People who work in ministry, counseling and social work sometimes need the space and support to go through our own grieving process. It's OK to admit that and to accept the support. We simply cannot give what we do not have.
Horizons - Sometimes my own need for healing is all I can see of myself. What happens when we don't pay attention to our giftedness, when we downplay what is good about who we are?