Sisters Maria, Lucy and Eti-Ini
Sister Maria I. Gomez
professed June 2013
Sister Maria I. Gomez was attracted to the School Sisters of Notre Dame because of the sense of mission which they displayed.
“They were making a difference in our world, and I wanted to be a part of that,” Sister Maria said. “I felt drawn to Eucharist and believed in Mary’s intercession in my life. Thus, I felt that I could answer God’s call by joining the sisters in community.”
A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Sister Maria lived and taught special education there before joining the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She first considered the idea of religious life after hearing a speaker discuss vocations at a conference in San Antonio. In the years that followed, additional encounters and conversations led her to gradually begin thinking “that perhaps God was calling me.”
At another event, sisters from several congregations gave brief presentations about their communities.
“Sister Christine Garcia, SSND, was the vocation director at the time,” Sister Maria said. “When she spoke her face radiated. I thought to myself, ‘What does she have that the other sisters don’t have?’”
Over the next few years, she met with Sister Christine and visited with other SSNDs, including the sisters who live at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Mississippi.
“At night when I was praying, I felt a voice saying, ‘Maria, why are you searching? This is the place.’ On the way home I asked what I would have to do to become an affiliate. Thus, I began my journey with the sisters.”
Sister Maria lives in Dallas and is a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Augustine Catholic School.
professed july 2013
For Sister Lucy Clement Etim, being a School Sister of Notre Dame has blessed her with the richness of diversity, broadened her world vision and shaped her perspective.
Sister Lucy, who is from Nigeria, made her first profession in Ghana and currently lives in Kenya. Her first call to religious life came during her first Holy Communion in primary school.
“I felt a special call to dedicate my whole life to Christ with an undivided heart and mind in service and deep relationship,” Sister Lucy said.
professed july 2013
As a child, Sister Eti-ini Solomon Udom participated in several church organizations, and it was in one of these groups, Bloc Rosary Crusade, that she was so inspired by a sister that she began contemplating serving God through religious life.