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Sister Marilyn Grace Springs

Sister Marilyn Grace SpringsMy story begins in Buffalo, New York, where I grew up. Although I attended Catholic school throughout my elementary and high school years, becoming a Sister was not exactly what I had in mind for a career. After I graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, I found a job in the San Antonio public school system. I never in my wildest dreams felt that I had what it took to become a religious Sister. I thought that a call to the religious life was for those chosen few who possessed extraordinary piety. I was definitely not on the list for that qualification. However, God works in mysterious ways.

After teaching in the San Antonio system for ten years, I began teaching in a small Catholic parish elementary school. It was during that year that I met an Incarnate Word Sister from Corpus Christi who just happened to be the principal. Sister Patrice Floyd played such an important role in my life even before my discernment. And when the realization of my vocation came, I didn’t know what hit me!

Sometimes God places ordinary people on your journey of faith, in order for you to accomplish extraordinary things. Her simplicity and Sister Marilyn Grace Springslove for the person of Jesus, led me to the realization that God was calling me to a radical way of life that included joy and peace in the Incarnate Word. I entered into religious life with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament August 6, 1992. My life has never been the same.

Right now I am serving as principal of our Incarnate Word Academy in Brownsville, Texas. I can honestly say that the greatest joy of my life is knowing that I am doing what I am called to: being one with Christ as his humble servant.