In this episode, Sr. Mary Sabina and I mentioned:
St. Catherine of Siena (feast day April 29)
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (LEARN MORE)
World Youth Day (Denver, Colorado 1993 and Paris 1997)
St. Dominic (feast day August 8)
St. Cecilia (feast day November 22)
Sr. Antoniana Maria, SV (LISTEN)
It was a privilege to host another religious sister from the Archdiocese of Vancouver on the podcast! This week, I sat down with Sr. Mary Sabina, OP, a Dominican Sister of St, Cecilia. Sr. Mary Sabina is a Catholic school teacher based in Vancouver and also works for the Archdiocese in women's vocations ministry. I'm so blessed to know her and have her as a spiritual mother and as a guide through my own discernment journey!
Sr. Mary Sabina takes the time to share her vocation story and how she came to meet the Dominican Sisters through that experience in this episode, and it is a beautiful journey! We also talk extensively about Dominican spirituality, the gift of spiritual motherhood, and Sr. Mary Sabina also provides some encouragement for those who are discerning.
Finally, one major quote that stands out is the idea of "compare, despair". So many times, especially with social media, it can be easy to look to other people and see how their lives, discernment, or careers are going and compare that to ourselves. This was a beautiful reminder that God uses all of us and all of our gifts for His glory. As Sr. Mary Sabina says, "To be able to appreciate the gifts of others and really uphold those gifts and to glory in them."
Listen to our conversation here:
Read and download the episode transcript here:
"What better way to give life to souls and to really practice spiritual motherhood than giving them spiritual life through teaching the faith?" — Sr. Mary Sabina, OP
Meet Sr. Mary Sabina, OP
Sr. Mary Sabina, OP, is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee. She comes from the United States where she was raised as both a Catholic and a Protestant until a profound experience at World Youth Day 1993 in Denver guided her to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. During her high school years, she encountered Christ in the Eucharist and began to practice her faith with personal conviction. After graduating from the University of Dallas with a degree in Theology, she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in 2001, professing her first vows in 2003 and final vows in 2008.
In her teaching apostolate Sr. Mary Sabina has crisscrossed North America teaching religion to students in kindergarten through grade 11 and all subjects to grades 5-8 in schools in Colorado, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and now Port Coquitlam, BC. She currently teaches Christian Education part-time at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in Port Coquitlam and works for the Archdiocese of Vancouver as the Archbishop’s Delegate for Consecrated Life. She hosts the monthly Fiat Women’s Discernment Group and meets one on one with young women discerning religious life.
The Dominican emphasis on study has led Sr. Mary Sabina to receive a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Providence College and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She loves modern saints such as Pope St. John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and her favourite devotions include the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Novena to the Holy Spirit. While she likes to bake, her favourite pastimes are being with her fellow Dominican Sisters snowshoeing or hiking, preferably in the mountains. With a love of Jesus and zeal for truth, she is grateful to live the Dominican spirituality of prayer, study, community life, and preaching.
Lead photo credit: Genesis Castillo