It is not common to hear of a young person answering the call to religious life in 2017, but that’s exactly what Sister Julia Lannon ‘11 is doing in her work with the sisters of the Queenship of Mary. At a retreat in 2014 that was offered by their co-founder, Mother Mary Bernadette, Sister Julia heard the call and answered, she says, “I wanted to give my life to Christ and His Church, and to serve all His brothers and sisters in the world.”

Sister Julia, who currently lives just outside of Ottawa, serves the Lord joyfully by helping her fellow sisters to feed the poorest of the poor, and by offering witness at local Diocesan events in the greater Ottawa area. The charism of her order is to, “Love with the heart of Mary”, and Sister Julia believes that half of her ministry is simply being present to offer a loving example of the Church in the world.

Although her call to the religious life occurred after her time at St. Bon’s, Sister Juila says, “my 2 years at St. Bon’s were a launching pad into a life of loving service, because there I learned that my gifts were not for myself, they are for one another. The importance of retreat experiences and the witness that teachers give to students were highlights that Sister Julia feels helped her better understand her call to service in the Church.

When asked what she would tell students currently attending St. Bon’s, her advice was simple, “Remember, we love because Christ loved rst, and that He must remain at the centre of our lives for us to truly accomplish our purpose.”