I chose to become an SMG because I was very impressed by the kindness and dedication of the SMGs in Carrigtwohill, where I went to school. I wanted to devote my whole life to the service of God and felt Religious life was the way to do it. I've never regretted it.
The most meaningful part of my work is the opportunity to share God's love with others. I have had many key moments and spiritual events that I could share with a prospective candidate. I've had wonderful opportunities of developing humanly and spiritually since I became an SMG and have experienced God's working in me in wonderful ways. The most satisfying part of being a Sister has been working with others to build a better world. There are many opportunities to share God's love with others.
The aspects of being a Sister that were surprising to me were that we are all so human, so weak and yet, so great! We are all learning to accept our mutual limitations and dreams!
The most challenging part of being a Sister has been trying to discern God's will in often difficult and complicated situations. My advice for prospective candidates would be that it is a great life but it involves a lot of give and take, a great knowledge of oneself, and a great compassion and understanding of others. It is a risk worth taking.
Sister Margaret O'Shea, SMG
54 Years in Service