Written on: July 20, 2015
As a young teacher and woman religious teaching at Christ the King School in Atlanta in the 1970’s, I received an invitation to a special gathering. The family of one of my seventh grade students—the father, mother and three children— was being received into the Catholic Church at a Mass being held in their home. The abbot from Conyers Trappist Monastery was performing the sacraments.
Thinking that my invitation to attend this celebration was due to Rob being in my classroom all year, I was amazed to hear there was more significance to it than I had thought. At the punch bowl during the meal following the mass, I was chatting with Rob’s father. I thanked him for inviting me to this celebration. He looked at me rather incredulously and said, “Why Sister, didn’t you know that you were the one who sent the little disciple home?”
Young Rob was the person in the family who came home excited about what he was learning in religion. He was the young disciple who brought that whole family into the church.
I was so busy being a new teacher that I hadn’t realized the influence that I had on this young man. It was an honor to hear it and very humbling indeed.
Sister Mary Elizabeth Looby, GNSH is currently a member of the GNSH Leadership Council. She has been a teacher, Pastoral Associate, Spiritual Director and Vocation/Formation Director and more, throughout her years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart. Sister Mary Elizabeth has a sister who is a contemplative Carmelite and a brother who is a priest! Catholic faith was truly a strong value in her family of origin.