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Sister Dorothy Anhaiser

Sister Dorothy AnhaiserAs a young student in Dubina, Texas (a town between Weimar and Schulenburg), I attended Ss. Cyril and Methodius School, taught by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament from Victoria. In the 7th grade, my teacher asked me repeatedly if I was interested in becoming a Sister. My answer was short and to the point "No!" One day, tired of hearing the same question, I finally replied, "If I enter a convent, it will not be the Sisters of the Incarnate Word."

Some years passed, and I was employed in Corpus Christi. Four of us girls and our dates went to the Santa Fe Stables to ride horses. Since I was restless, I took off riding very fast, leaving my date behind. When the horse reached Ocean Drive, it slipped and was going to roll over on me. In the process of getting my foot out of the stirrup, I sprained my ankle.

During my time of recuperation, while I was lying flat on my back, Sister Xavier Holworthy from Incarnate Word wrote me a note which said: "Why don't you get off the fence and enter the convent?"

After thinking about it for a few days, I called her and asked what would be necessary. She said, "Good health, reasonable intelligence, and a small dowry." I thought about it for a few days, then decided to enter the Convent of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament on Leopard and Carancahua Streets in Corpus Christi.Sister Dorothy Anhaiser

Since then, my life has been full. I have experienced many challenges as a teacher, cafeteria manager, librarian, and archivist. The greatest gift of all was to be installed as a Eucharistic minister.

God calls in many ways. God may be calling you. It is important to be open in heart and mind and ask: "God, what do you want me to do?"