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Sister Mary Vianney Uyeno

Sister Mary Vianney UyenoAs a native of Waipahu, Hawaii, I began life in the Buddhist religion. How did I get from Buddhism in Hawaii to a Catholic convent in Texas? God has interesting ways!

After I finished high school in Waipahu, I was employed as a nanny to three small children, whose father was in the Navy. Soon the family received orders to relocate to a naval base located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Because of the trust that had already built up between us, they asked me to come with them to Corpus Christi. I readily agreed and soon found myself in a new environment. An exciting experience for a young adult!

The family’s good example eventually moved me to become a Catholic. They used to take me to Sunday Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church. There I met a priest who suggested that I become a religious. I flatly responded to the priest, “Impossible.” He simply commented, “It’s probable”. After that encounter, I did begin to discern seriously if I had a call to religious life. What I discerned led me, at the age of nineteen, to enter religious life with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

Sister VianneyThrough the years I have served the Church in many ministries. I have worked in school administration, teaching, reflexology, house of prayer ministry, and host distribution. I truly love animals; they are definitely gifts to be appreciated and cared for.

Today, I love being in community with so many gifted women of prayer. If you are thinking about religious life, always trust your heart to the Holy Spirit.