Total writer's block over here. I've tried to blog for the whole month of October. I keep starting and stopping entries. It seems that I'm still figuring out how to put the experience of Novitiate into words.
|Kaitlin and me before a UD basketball game, 2004|
In the meantime, I interviewed my dear friend and former college roommate, Kaitlin (Moredock) DiNapoli, about what it's been like to have a peer and close friend become a Sister. Kaitlin is a native of Springfield, IL, and a fellow graduate of the University of Dayton. We met the summer before freshman year at an orientation and instantly clicked. We lived on the same dorm floor the first year and then were immediate roommates for sophomore through senior years. After college, she went to Notre Dame where she got her law degree and met a wonderful man named Jason. They married in April in Philadelphia, where they currently reside and practice law. And...they are expecting a little one in the spring!!!! Despite the physical distance between us the last few years, we've remained an integral part of each other's lives. I'm especially grateful for her support and enthusiasm for my chosen life path, and it's been a joy to watch hers unfold.
So...what's it like to be 27 and have a nun-best-friend? :) Kaitlin will tell you. Read on:
|Freshmen at UD|
|Junior year roommates: Christie, me, Kait, Clare|
|Kait, Clare, and me after a |
Christmas party, 2007
|Our house at UD senior year|
|Senior year roommates, clockwise from top L: Julie, me,|
Kait, Christie, Clare
|Kait and me on the El Paso/Juarez trip with Ali and|
children from Anapra, Mexico, 2006
|Kait and me at friends' wedding, after graduation|
and before I left for Ecuador, 2008
|Visiting Kait in Ann Arbor, 2012|
|Kait and me with my parents during her recent visit|
|Jason and Kaitlin in 2011|
|Roommates at Kait's wedding, April 2013|
K: Oh, yes! I’m so glad you brought that up. Yea, you can’t and won’t be able to travel as much. Some of that isn’t specific to your calling to be a Sister. There are lots of other situations that keep people from traveling a ton to be with friends whenever they want, too. But it’s different because as a Sister you’re living in community. You can’t just decide to get in the car and leave and drive and crash at a friend’s house for a night on the fly. You’re committed to that group of people in your home.
|Exploring the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse grounds|