Please Help Me Move into My New Life as a Cloistered Nun

Please Help Me Move into My New Life as a Cloistered Nun

From Cheryl Nahas

I have been joyfully accepted to enter the Monastic life as a cloistered Nun in the Visitation Order in France. Before I move into their community on April 19, I must cover travel, boarding & expenses. I need your help!

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Ask, Seek and Knock

I knocked and the heavenly door did open for me!

About a year ago in April, I was sincerely seeking out the financial generosity of those around me who had heard of and seen the long faith journey I was being called to enter a French monastery in the Alps of Annecy called the Visitation Order of Holy Mary, the ‘Salesian Order’ founded there by St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church. (Click here to visit their site.)

Thanks to your generous donations I was able to travel to the Monastery and spend five blessed weeks this past summer in community, prayer, and work with these 20 beautiful, joyful, cloistered nuns while discerning my vocation. They say the shoes need to fit on both feet to plant ones feet firmly in the community. It was a perfect fit and to everyone’s joy, I was accepted to enter and join! I will be the first postulant in Annecy in many years as vocations remain far and few, and as a late vocation I feel right at home there in my native French-speaking homeland. 

In this new life, I will be devoting my spiritual time to constant prayer for you and for all the needs of the world.

See the video link of our community of nuns and the most recent restoration of its new chapel in our Monastery. The choir singing in the background are our voices lifting praises up to heaven with the angels and saints.

At this point, after many years of searching and discerning, there is no turning back for me. I am deeply in love with the Lord, and in following Him I will be taking a permanent vow of poverty and must detach from all transitional things and personal belongings and contacts on this side of the ocean to take on the religious Habit. 

I must then leave here on April 8th to France to briefly visit and bid a final " Adieu" to all of my family as I enter cloistered life.

It will be bittersweet for me to say goodbye, but know my gratitude, heart, and prayers will stay with each one of you forever. My entry date will be in just 2 short months—on April 19th, The Feast of Divine Mercy. Cardinal Sean O’Malley (seen below) has already bestowed a special blessing on me. 

Once more, in another humbling gesture, I ask for your generous help. To detach for me now means to responsibly tie up all loose ends. What are still outstanding are the funds for a one-way ticket to France as well as paying off the last few bills and purchasing the basic black clothing that will need to sustain me in each of the four seasons FOR LIFE outside of the Habit.  

Please prayerfully consider a donation—whatever your heart speaks to you—and I hope you can also pass the word along to others for me. Many of you have asked me to remember you in my prayers. Know I am eternally grateful for your generosity and be assured of all of our prayers for your personal intentions. Watch miracles happen with your petitions.

May God reward you abundantly!

"Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you"… (Mathew 7;7 , Luke 11 9-13)

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