Guaribas, Piauí, Brazil
I am Sister Maria Alexsandra da Silva, born in Picos, Piaui, Brazil. The date of my birthday is a little confusing because my family says that I was born on the 18th of July and my documents have that I was born on the 18th of June. I am 23 years old.
The discovery of my vocation began when some friends and I were talking about pastoral groups and one of them said that she belonged to the vocation group. Immediately I asked her to take me with her to their meetings. I was very interested to participate. But she said that I had to speak to one of the Sisters if I wanted to participate in the group. I spoke to Sister Eleuteria and she began to accompany me. This all happened in 1997 and 1998.
After six months of accompaniment by Sister Eleuteria, I wanted to enter the Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant. They accepted me. I lived six months with the Sisters in Picos and they helped me a lot to discern my vocation.
At the end of 2000, I asked to be a postulant to continue my discernment. I was accepted and in 2001. I began the time as a postulant, which extended until the end of 2002. I then asked to enter the novitiate. Thank God I was accepted because my desire continued to be a Sister of St. Joseph, giving of myself totally to Christ and to the mission to which He is calling me.
The meaning of the novitiate for me is the discernment of the giving of myself to God, to the neighbor, and living the vows as a Sister of St. Joseph.
I made first vows with the Sisters of St. Joseph in January 2005.