A Lutheran girl gets a rosary

Rosary

A few weeks ago, I got to meet the sisters who are participating in the oral-history project with us. Of course, I knew a few already because I have seen them on campus now and then. However, there were several I was not familiar with. They shared their stories with us, and I immediately realized I will not just get to know my sister personally, but I will get to know all of the sisters in the project on a personal level.

One thing that you must know about me is that I am not Catholic. Both my sister and I were raised in the Lutheran faith. Most of my extended family, especially on my dad’s side, are Catholic. Sometimes, when we would have gatherings with them, like various weddings, I felt a little out of place. I had no idea what Catholicism was.

When I applied for colleges during my senior year of high school, of course my first choice was Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Unfortunately, they did not have a journalism program there, so I ended up here at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. At first, I felt very out of place yet again, because I knew I was part of a minority. During my first semester, I did not attend Mass. Later in the semester, I attended an Awakening retreat, and I learned that even though I wasn’t Catholic, I could still attend Mass and worship God. After the retreat, I began to attend Mass and eventually joined the chapel choir. The next semester, I enrolled myself in a Catholicism class. This class opened my eyes and helped me to realize that I should not be closed-minded to other religions. Now I have my own rosary, which I will pray with friends, and this past summer, I also fell in love with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy while on a pilgrimage to France. I am glad that I am becoming more open Catholicism. I am understanding it more and I feel a stronger connection with my extended family now because I understand what they believe.

Kimberly Yosko

About Kimberly Yosko

Kimberly Yosko is currently a junior studying journalism and english at Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a reporter for the school’s newspaper, The Lake Front. She enjoys writing for the newspaper and singing in the choir. She is excited to learn more about the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence and Catholicism in general. During the Fall of 2014 she was paired with Sister Elsa Garcia, CDP; a Sister of the Congregation of Divine Providence.