A Letter from One of Our Own- Sister Mary Servant of the Cross, Angela Kmetz
Dear Friends at St. Marys,
Greetings to everyone! I hope and pray this letter finds you well. First I would like to thank everyone for all your wonderful notes, letters, thoughts and prayers over the past few months. The care packages from St. Mary’s are so great. We will have some beautiful flowers this summer thanks to you because of the supplies you sent us. It is always so wonderful to hear from everyone! This year has absolutely flown by, as I am sure you can agree! The winter was crazy here in Maryland with three snowstorms, receiving the religious habit and my new religious name (Sr. Mary Servant of the Cross), a heart surgery, and visits from my sisters and brother!
The snow was out of this world!! We had to shovel a path just to walk from the end of the dirt road to the convent, which is probably a quarter of a mile! Our neighbor made the comment that we must be very strong to have shoveled so much and our mother superior replied ‘Well, we are really more like ants, just always working!’ I ran through the snow and it was so deep that it was up to my knees! I have a feeling this was only the beginning of many missionary adventures ahead of me!!
As for the upcoming events, this religious family never stops! In May we will be wrapping up the religious education classes at our various parishes as well as our weekly Saturday camp for kids (called Oratory). It has been a great opportunity meeting some of the families in the local area. We are truly blessed by their constant love and support. By mid-May we will be finishing our formation academic year so that means I have tests coming up!! I think I liked giving the tests as a teacher more than taking them! At the end of the month we will be going to our retreat house in upstate New York for a 4-day intense study of the constitutions of our order. Our founder stresses how important it is that we know our charism in order for us to be faithful to it. Following the class we will be hosting a Youth Festival for 400 youth from our parishes in New York City, Philadelphia, and DC. (Lots of inner city kids playing and hiking outside in the country will be a great site!) It will be a lot of fun for sure and full of God’s grace!
We then will be going to Philadelphia for a “Popular Mission.” The parish, where three of our sisters live and work, is in a rough neighborhood where the kids need a lot of love and really need the Gospel preached to them. I was able to help lead their 1st Communion retreat a couple of months ago for about 50 kids at the parish, most of whom come from broken homes and very little catechesis. One of our sisters who is missioned there put it quite well: ‘we need to teach the children how to play so they can learn how to love.’
And then…after the 30-day retreat we will be continuing on to New Hampshire for our vacation called “Convivencia!” Convicenia is an important part of our formation in which we focus on growing in the virtues of community life and generosity. We will be hiking those mountains, camping, and enjoying the company with the other sisters in formation! I can’t wait!
Well, I know this update is lacking in so many ways but hopefully you have a little taste of what life has been like and will be for the upcoming months for me. Please know that you all are in my daily prayers! I still wake up in the morning and cannot believe I am really a nun…. preparing to be the SPOUSE OF CHRIST!! It is the most precious gift I could ever receive. You truly have a peace and joy that the world will never understand when you are doing the will of God!
• Convivencia is around $400 per sister
• Health Insurance is $219 per month per sister
• One Month Retreat around $200 per sister
• Novitiate Convent Bills especially Gas for our vehicles
• Having a nun for a friend or relative…. PRICELESS!!
I do not wish to overwhelm you with this request so please do not feel any obligation but only an opportunity. Anything you feel you can give is always appreciated. Thank you very much! I love you all and miss you every much! You are always in my prayers especially in the celebration of the Mass!!
In Christ through Mary,
Sr. Servant of the Cross
PS: Checks can be made out to “The Servants of the Lord” and mailed to 1714 Crain Hwy; Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.