“Generosity towards our Lord is all that I am pursuing; I want to give Him my life.”
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My name is Kiana Nava. I am called to emulate the hidden life of Mary as love in the heart of the Church as a nun with the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. This is my story.
Being of Mexican descent, my family had deep roots in the Catholic religion well before I was born. I was raised in a Catholic household, received the sacraments, and attended Mass with my family every Sunday. I grew up blessed with the gift of faith and devoted to Holy Mother Mary. As the oldest sibling, I saw it as my responsibility to set a good example.
I had the desire to be more involved in the Church and wanted to participate in youth groups or other classes at our parish, but those were unavailable. My Confirmation teacher inspired me with her deep belief and sense of peace, prompting me to want to grow in my own faith. I knew that my beliefs would be challenged when I began college, so I made it my mission to learn more about the tenets of Catholicism in order to remain firmly rooted in the Church and share my faith well.
Once I began college, I became heavily involved in our Newman Center and at our local parish. The opportunity arose for me to begin a youth group at the parish, and I went on to serve as the youth minister.
During these college years, as I was actively growing in my faith, I also began discerning religious life. By the time I graduated, I had made up my mind to pursue religious life wholeheartedly. The initial prompting to consider this call came from the witness of a visiting Sister. Seeing her made my heart flutter, and I realized that God was asking me to be open to that state in life. I brought this desire to my pastor, who helped me see religious life as an attainable way of living. He asked me the simple question, “How generous are you willing to be for our Lord?” It was scary to give up my own plans, but as I focused on pursuing God’s will, that fear began to melt away and be replaced with peace.
I discovered my community through a simple online search. I was drawn to the Benedictines of Mary the moment I clicked on their webpage. I found in them all of the aspects of the life that I loved and wanted to continue to cultivate. In particular, I had been blessed to befriend many priests and had a desire to lighten the load of these faithful fathers. The goal of my community is to live the life that Mary did once Jesus died, serving the apostles, the first priests. The opportunity to provide graces for the men who I love so dearly is truly a gift that I look forward to participating in. The work of a cloistered religious is hidden, like the heart pumping blood through the veins in the body. Through their sacrifice and prayer, cloistered religious convey supernatural graces to people all over the world. The Benedictines strive to maintain reverence in the liturgy and the prayers that surround it. Not only do they pursue that for themselves, but joined with their charism of hospitality, they provide an opportunity for the laity to embrace that as well.
Please pray for me and for my fellow Laboure classmates on our vocation journey. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have at Kiana@rescuevocations.org.
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