Episode 22 — A Vocation Dedicated to Defending Life


Sr. Antoniana Maria (far left) with her fellow Sisters of Life on a 2-week speaking tour to Australia at the invitation of the University of Notre Dame in Sydney and Fremantle. From left to right: Sr. Antoniana Maria, Sr. Zelie, Sr. Mary Grace and Sr. Jeanne Marie.

Through divine providence and the goodness of a friend, I had the privilege to meet Sr. Antoniana Maria, the current Local Superior of the Sisters of Life in Toronto. I was so excited to finally have a chance to interview religious sisters for The Feminine Genius Podcast, and I am just as excited to share more stories with you! God really had a hand in setting up this interview, because the room that we shared tea and conversation in was aptly named the St. John Paul II room.


In our conversation, we talked a lot about religious vocation, the mission of the Sisters of Life, and the beauty of the feminine heart. For the time that we shared, I really felt like I was delighted in, and I hope that you feel that too as you take in this conversation with Sr. Antoniana Maria!


Take a listen to this episode here:

"We're made and we long first to be known and to be loved and delighted in, and when we know that, there is nothing that a woman who is loved can't do." — Sr. Antoniana Maria, S.V.

Meet Sr. Antoniana Maria, S.V.


Sr. Antoniana Maria, S.V. is a Sister of Life. The Sisters of Life are a community founded in New York City by John Cardinal O’Connor, that proclaims the beauty and dignity of every human life.  She professes the vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and a fourth vow to Protect and Enhance the Sacredness of Human Life. She is originally from North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she studied at the University of British Columbia receiving her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.  After hearing God call her to love Him with an undivided heart at World Youth Day in 2000, Sr. Antoniana entered the Sisters of Life in August 2002. On August 6, 2010 she professed her Perpetual Vows. She has served as the Vocations Director, Assistant to the Superior General and the Local Superior of the Motherhouse in New York. From 2007-2009 Sr. Antoniana was part of the first community of Sisters to begin the Toronto Foundation. After 10 years in New York, she returned to Toronto in September 2019 and is currently serving as the Local Superior of the Toronto Convent.

To learn more about the Sisters of Life and their apostolate and mission, you can visit them at sistersoflife.org. Their mother house is in New York, and they also have convents throughout New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Denver, and Toronto.

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