This entire experience was amazing from start to finish. First, receiving an email from 40 Days for Life, requesting me to serve them as their photographer for this feature in their quarterly magazine was a moment I'll never forget for sure, I was so honored!! Second, getting to spend my afternoon with Sister Mary Gianna was an even greater gift for so many reasons, I will try to detail them in this post.
Sister Mary Gianna was a Columbine High School survivor, and her story is absolutely incredible. It’s obvious that the Holy Spirit was working through her, as a high school and college student. As a convert from no faith at all to the Roman Catholic Church during college at Franciscan University, her heart was set on becoming a nurse, (something I can also identify with during college years!).
As we spent our time together, it was obvious as to how many similarities that we had as women, in our faith journeys, locations we have lived in life, and general mindset. At the end of our time together, Sr. Mary Gianna offered to pray with me in her office, and it brought me to tears!
I will never forget this experience, and have since seen Sister Mary Gianna at mass at our home parish in Rio Rancho: Saint John Vianney, on all days: my birthday. I am looking forward to hopefully visiting her at her home parish, Santa Maria de la Paz in Santa Fe, again in the near future.
Doesn’t she look stunning in these pictures?! Her feature and incredible story is published in the Summer 2021 Quarterly 40 Days for Life magazine, if you’re not on the mailing list to receive this magazine, I linked the site to enroll below!
Santa Maria de la Paz Roman Catholic Church in Santa Fe, NM: Website
Thank you for reading!!