BY KATHLEEN STUBBS
The day before Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Religious Vocations Awareness Day on Oct. 17, Rosa Mystica household showed Light of Love, a film that takes an intimate look into the call of religious life. A discussion panel of religious sisters followed the screening, which took place in the Pugliese Auditorium of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Science Hall.
“The pure, honest joy just radiated from the sisters in the movie,” said Jessica McGee, a household member of Rosa Mystica. The film had “great cinematography and was received well,” she said. Both men and women attended the event.
Light of Love is a 60-minute documentary by Imagine Sisters, a group that not only ministers to women discerning religious vocations, but also shares the beauty and dignity of religious life to both men and women through media and personal encounters.
Even if a young man is called to family life rather than religious life, said McGee, the film and panel discussion could one day help him to talk to his daughter about it.
“I thought that it was a great way for the people on campus to be able to experience what religious life is about and what they may not have heard or seen from a religious order they know about from home,” said freshman Joanne Kersten about the film.
Franciscan’s annual Religious Vocations Awareness Day took place the following day Oct. 18. in the Finnegan Fieldhouse. Religious orders and dioceses from across the country came to participate in the event, with the members of the Franciscan Third Order Regular “front and center,” as Lucia Bortz, coordinator of the event, put it.
Students, families and visitors at Franciscan’s Vocations Fair were able to experience firsthand the wide variety and different charisms of many religious orders.
Some of the participants in this year’s vocations fair were Franciscan alumni.
Christian Adair, junior, said that he is actively discerning a particular order, and came to visit that order and be open to the possibility of joining another religious order.
Sylvia Pultorak, a 2013 alumna, is now part of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.
“I met our sisters here four years ago, my freshman year, at this vocation fair,” Pultorak said. She added that she was honored to return to Franciscan to “represent the community I am in in the place where I originally met them.”