“I’ve always felt drawn to monastic life but I haven’t felt it was right necessarily leave the world of music, my home, and go to a monastery – although I’ve considered it.”
I’ve always felt drawn to the monastic life but I haven’t felt it was right necessarily leave the world of music, my home, and go to a monastery – although I’ve considered it. The Order of Lutheran Franciscans is a dispersed order of laypersons and clergy who feel called to monastic existence and identify with the Franciscan charism. The Franciscan way is to serve God by helping his people, creation, and those in need. It plays out in many different ways in people’s lives. My vows have built my faith. Francis heard God’s word as “Rebuild my Church.” Francis did that physically. We are all called to rebuild the Church, wherever we happen to be called.
I’m united with our brothers and sisters in that we pray for one another where we have what’s called an online cloister. We’re in contact with each other all the time. I’m married to God in a way. I continue music ministry at First Lutheran Church and rescue greyhounds. And my greyhounds? They’re my kids. They never ask for the keys to the car and I don’t have to put them through college. They just want to snore on the couch.