A great surprise

Now that the semester is over and the interviews are completed, I have been reflecting back on my time with Sister Tereska. Going into the process, I was extremely nervous. I am not Catholic and never knew much about the religion; I was scared that I was in a little over my head. I had also never met a Catholic Sister, and the person that I met was completely different from anything I had ever expected. I loved how open and welcoming she was. I never once felt weird asking her to elaborate on something regarding the faith that I was confused by.

I also surprised myself by how invested in the process I became. I grew to cherish our Thursday morning meetings. I can truly say that I made a new friend throughout this process, and I hope that we stay in touch over the next few years.

What was most amazing is how, while the project called for me to learn about Sister Tereska, she constantly asked me questions about my life. She always asked how I was doing, how my family was doing and even remembered the names of my siblings so she could personally ask about them, which I found incredible. I never imagined this process would bring me so close to her, and I’m so grateful that it did, as I never would have met her otherwise.

Thank you, Sister Tereska, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your life. I have heard your story and I can’t wait for many others to hear it as well. 

About Kaela Frailing

Kaela Frailing is a sophomore at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently majoring in Health Sciences for Pre-Physical Therapy and minoring in Spanish and Women’s Studies. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to continue on to Graduate school to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), hoping to work either in the field of women’s health or with Collegiate/Professional athletes. Kaela currently is an intern for the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center at Aquinas and also participates in both the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. When she’s not working at the Center or out on a run, you can find her curled up reading with a nice hot cup of coffee. During the Spring of 2019 she was paired with Sister Tereska Wozniak, OP; a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister.