Reception Year: 2010
From: St. Louis, MO
Current Ministry: Justice Coordinator
Sister Mary Flick traveled all around the world to places such as Rome, Russia, and China before deciding her next adventure would be in religious life. From a young age, Mary had passion for her God, wanting to grow up to be a priest. Her true calling, however, came from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. When asked what inspired her to join the CSJs, she responded, “The CSJs are real – real people, involved in real work to meet real needs.” If she’s not serving her community as the justice coordinator for the CSJ St. Louis province, writing for province media, or acting as a spiritual director, she can be found catching up with friends over coffee or beer.
Sister Mary’s advice to women considering religious life is simply to “follow your heart.” Mary has served her community as the Campus Minister for Washington University before becoming the Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph. She currently lives at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse, surrounded by many of her sisters. Sister Mary also writes for province media. You can read her Stories of Justice at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet website, csjsl.org. These stories highlight the good works her sisters do everyday. Sister Mary said in regard to religious life, “There is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ life. Religious life isn’t perfect. Neither is married life. Or single life. There are challenges and joys in each. And saints and sinners in each. God is seen in every person who follows her heart and desires to becomes who she is created to be.”