– William Shedd
A lot of people ask me, usually with a somewhat shocked expression, what led me to religious life. It would have been nice if God had handed me a treasure map to tell me exactly where I needed to go, and I don’t think an X to mark the spot would have been too much to ask for? But the truth is I didn’t really know where I was going when I started on this journey, and there will be no “X” to mark the finish line since I will always be growing and discerning.
When I was little I had always thought I’d get married, have kids, be an aerospace engineer for NASA… but God asked me to follow a different route and called me to religious life. I wish I could say there was a moment when I was sure about all this, mostly because people keep asking me how I knew, but really I came to know as I searched for the one place where I felt like I could be happiest; and when I stumbled upon Mercy it felt like I was coming home.