Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
I was born on November 9, 1976, in Poznan, Poland, but I grew up in a beautiful town called Wrzesnia. My elder sister Justyna is an English teacher, but I prefer Russian to English.
I met our Sisters when I took part in retreat in Oldrzychowice Klodzkie (Motherhouse of the Polish Province). I was 15 years old then and I didn’t think of joining a congregation; I simply wanted to start a happy family. But God had a completely different plan. The retreat was like a road sign leading me to “convent” life. At the beginning I didn’t want to follow the road sign, I didn’t want to become a sister and I was struggling with God. I used to say: God! This is not for me! But love has won. On June 7, 1996, I joined the community and on August 11, 2004, I took permanent vows.
I used to work in Ludwikowice Klodzkie in an orphanage for disabled children that is run by our Province. I worked there for six years. I enjoyed working with children, and it wasn’t new for me. (I had worked with disabled children and their parents before I joined the convent.) Next I graduated from medical school in Opole and obtained a BA degree. After that I started working as a nurse in an nursing home (first in Opole and later in Szczepanowice).
In August 2009 I left for mission in Kazakhstan. I had been waiting for nine years! Since the day when I joined the convent I had known in my heart the I would move to the East. The desire to move there had been growing for years and it “blossomed” when I heard that Archbishop Tomasz Peta needed priests and nuns to work there. Then I fell in love with Kazakhstan. I had the feeling that it was the place where Jesus Christ wanted me to do missionary work.
It’s two years that I have been working in Schuchinsk in Kazakhstan.
And one more thing: the church in our town was built in 1976 – I was born in1976, too!!! Isn’t it interesting?