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Episode 27 (Part 2) — A Discernment Crash Course

Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, during a presentation. Photo: George Martell

In part 2 of my conversation with Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, we continue to talk about both the feminine and masculine genius through the lens of Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body as well as something all people will face at some point in their lives: discernment! This is something that I've been grappling with for the past little bit in my own life, and it was such a blessing to sit down with Sr. Helena to talk to her about her thoughts and insights. As a regional vocational directress, Sr. Helena speaks to many young people on this topic and sheds some light on what our posture should be when it comes to approaching God and our vocation.

Take a listen to part 2 below, and if you missed part 1, you can read more about it here!

"We're meant to wrangle with our vocation so that we come out the other end knowing for sure where we're supposed to and what I'm supposed to do." — Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Meet Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Photo: Marcellino Giovanni D'Ambrosio

Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, was going to be an ornithologist, but then God zapped her and she is now a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One-Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. Sr. Helena is also studying at the Theology of the Body Institute, PA. She is a movie reviewer for LifeTeen & The Catholic Channel--Sirius XM. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film.  She has written a Theology of the Body curriculum and a daily book for young women entitled He Speaks to You. She is also a regional vocation directress for the Daughters of St. Paul.

Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy & Theology of the Body workshops & courses to youth & adults all over Canada and the U.S., and believes that media can be a primary tool for sharing God's love and salvation. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA: an international woman of mystery.


You can follow Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She also has a blog, where she writes about Theology of the Body, media literacy, and other things.

To learn more about the Daughters of St. Paul, you can visit their website:

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