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Sr. Monica Konizeski (’20)
Sr. Monica Konizeski (’20)

The College has learned the joyous news that a member of its most recent graduating class, Sr. Monica Konizeski (’20), has joined the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “On August 22, the Feast of Queenship of Mary, we welcomed our new radiant postulants,” the Sisters report on their website. “As we recall our Lady’s ‘fiat’ to God’s call to her, we praise God for each of these young lady’s ‘yes’ to the Father’s invitation.”

Sr. Monica began discerning a religious vocation as a child, the article explains, and that vocation became more clear during her time at the College. “I believed God had called me by name and that His Will would make me happy; thus I waited patiently and prayed persistently to know my vocation,” she writes. “My love for the Lord grew and flourished at Thomas Aquinas College through studying theology and nature, spiritual direction, as well as frequenting the Sacraments and in Eucharistic Adoration.”

While at the College, she served as a prefect for the High School Summer Program and worked as an intern for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). “The Lord was answering my prayers to know His plan by preparing my heart,” she observes.” I met the Sisters when they visited the College to invite and equip the women on my campus to discern our vocations. The Spirit nudged me to attend a vocational discernment retreat in Ann Arbor. Mary’s intercession during the retreat helped me to say ‘yes’ when the Lord called me to be a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.”

Sr. Monica becomes the sixth alumna to enter the Ann Arbor Dominicans, where she prays and serves alongside Sr. Mary Margaret (Eileen ’00) O’Brien, O.P., Sr. Theresa Benedicta (Sarah ’02) Block, O.P., Sr. Juan Jose (Elisabeth ’09) Sedler, O.P., Sr. Maria Jerome (Alma ’11) Poelman, O.P., and Sr. John Henry (Mary Catherine Eddyblouin ’19), O.P.

Deo gratias!