The Story of a Vocation

Sister Raymunda Jordan OP

Sister Raymunda OP

I came originally from Kanturk, Co. Cork in Ireland from a family of nine.  Our home town was very much associated with the envoy of the Legion of Mary to Africa, Edel Quinn, who was born in Kanturk.  I was a very active member of the Legion of Mary in my early teens. I was educated by the Sisters of Mercy – as were all the girls in our family.  I came from a very musical family and my father had his own dance band.

My identity is very much in my family roots but also very much in my identity as a Dominican Sister.  I love my Dominican vocation and feel blessed to be called to be part of that great Dominican family in the Church.

How did I come to be a Dominican Sister? When I began to be interested in Religious Life, my sister Imelda, attended a vocation exhibition in London and sent me material and information on the many Religious who were represented there.  I remember going through all the material and reading about the life and work of the many Religious.  At the same time the Sisters of Mercy were inviting some of their students to come and find out about Religious Life as a Mercy Sister.  I did attend a few afternoon sessions as did my friend who came with me.  Then we had a parish mission from the Dominican Friars in Cork, and I was greatly impressed by them. Their humanity and ordinariness greatly influenced me.  They informed me that there was a House of Dominican Sisters in Cork City.

As a result of this, my friend entered with our Congregation and two years later I entered.

What gives me joy and hope? My faith, which was nurtured and developed in my family home, gives me joy and hope.  It is that faith which has held me and supported me throughout my life.  I love my life as a Dominican and all the richness and opportunity which it has offered to me over the years and still does.  I love life itself and although I have suffered some pain and disappointment that is nothing compared to the joy and happiness I have experienced in my vocation.   I loved my vocation as a teacher and am still enriched and strengthened in my work with Religious and other people.

I have met some wonderful and inspiring people in my life, especially the Sisters in my own Congregation.

Four Head Teachers of St James’ Catholic High School (clockwise from left): Sister Raymunda (1984 – 1992), Sister Veronica Desmond (1969 – 1984), Mrs Anne O’Shea (2005 – 2010 ), and Mr Kevin McSharry (1992 – 2005)

Sister Raymunda Jordan joins the celebration of her lifelong friend and companion, Sister Aquinata Evans, as they celebrate their Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Religious Profession.

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