Congratulations, Sr. Alicia!!

I was ecstatic to see this story earlier this week in the Chicago Tribune: about Sr. Alicia Torres competing and winning on Food Network’s reality TV cooking show “Chopped.” Sr. Alicia won $10,000 for Our Lady of the Angels Mission Church and is going to use that money to provide home-cooked meals for poverty-stricken neighbors in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, one of the poorest areas in the city.

I met Sr. Alicia years ago before religious life (for either of us). She was an undergraduate at Loyola while I was at De Paul, both Chicago colleges, and we met through the pro-life movement: Sr. Alicia worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago coordinating trips to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. We have kept in touch, exchanging correspondences when I was a novice last year, and I was overjoyed to see how much she is doing for the Lord with both her evangelization in the media and her working with the poor.

To learn more about Sr. Alicia’s Franciscan community, the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, who work with the poor in the city and have a deep, contemplative devotion to the Eucharist, click here. Also, check out the great video above that Sr. Alicia did for Imagine Sisters, sharing her vocation story.

Light of Love: Beautiful New Film on the Joy of Holiness

Here is a beautiful new film, which has been long awaited—a project that is part of the Imagine Sisters Movement—about the vibrant lives of a number of Catholic sisters from various religious orders throughout the country.

Currently, I am in religious life, living as a postulant with the Franciscan friars of the Third Order Regular, hoping to one day become a Franciscan priest. I’m happy to say that our sister order is featured in this documentary, starting at 25:00 minutes in, where Sister Carrie Ann McKeown, T.O.R., is featured prominently, speaking about the gift of a religious vocation and about the grace of giving one’s entire life to the Lord and His people.

Watching the various ministries portrayed in the movie gives a poignant witness to the joy of holiness and the unspeakable beauty of religious life. Please check out this much-anticipated work… and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ remain with you, dear friends!