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The idea of a religious vocation wasn’t new to Sr. Mary Ann and she had enjoyed vocation retreats with the Mercys. This is where what Sr. Mary Ann describes as “adolescent logic” came into play. “I wasn’t sure if the attraction to religious life was simply because I liked the Mercy sisters and enjoyed doing things with them or because God was actually calling me to religious life,” she said. “I figured that if I entered the Franciscans, it would be a test.
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