Sharing my Salesian Story
My name is Anne Frances McNamee, I am 31 years old and I have been a Salesian Sister for just over 15 months. I am originally from Motherwell in Scotland but am presently based in Cowley, Oxford where I teach Year 4 in the local Primary School. I first met the Salesians 9 years ago. I had been asked by a friend to join our Diocesan group travelling to Toronto, Canada for World Youth Day. In the group there were two Salesian Sisters. I had never heard anything about the Salesians before. The Sisters told me some things about their Congregation, their founders and about the type of work they did. I remember being fascinated by it all and asking LOTS of questions.
I also remember being struck at how ‘normal’ and approachable they were - I felt like I’d known them for ages! After we returned home the Sisters kept in touch with me and I was invited to other Salesian events in this province. I became more involved in various events and groups ran by the sisters from the Prayer Weekend to VIDES UK. The more I got involved with the Salesians the more alive I felt. Over time I felt that God was calling me to follow Him more closely and I felt that this was to be as a Salesian Sister. I began a period of vocational accompaniment with the FMA to discern God’s will for my life. After about a year of this I asked to make a Community experience with the Sisters to help me discern further and make a more informed choice. From here I entered Postulancy in which I spent a wonderful year in Liverpool, followed by a 2 year Noviciate in Rome, Italy where I got to experience the Salesian family from all around the world. Knowing the Salesians has certainly changed my life, I have had some amazing experiences and opportunities and have been privileged to meet and work with many amazing people; especially some really inspirational young people who, each day, help me know the greatness of God working in and through them. Anne Frances FMA