Who Am I?

My name is Amanda. As for "about me"....well, first, if you didn't already figure it out, I'm a 31 year-old caseworker and former Catholic Sister, more specifically former Daughter of Charity.

Before I left the Sisters, this "about me" page was very specific, almost as detailed as a resume. But now, after years of living in community, I realize you can't find out much by learning about one's hometown, alma mater, or even favorite author. Instead, I leave you with a list of thirty things that make me smile, thirty things that may teach you a bit more about me:

  1. puns, especially really clever ones
  2. my crazy family
  3. friends that truly listen
  4. writing
  5. discovering hidden parts of friends' lives
  6. a book you can't put down
  7. fellow word nerds
  8. unplanned adventures, both big and small
  9. concrete syntax tress
  10. a child's laugh
  11. someone remembering my name
  12. airports
  13. an insightful inspirational quote
  14. good advice at the perfect time
  15. an unexpected text from a friend
  16. a good laugh
  17. reconnecting with someone after a long time
  18. a genuine compliment
  19. blue crabs
  20. penguins
  21. laughs over board or card games
  22. ice cream in a mug
  23. Ocean City, Maryland and all its landmarks and traditions
  24. music that takes you to another place
  25. stories about martyrs
  26. waves in the ocean
  27. the uniqueness of each city
  28. Christmas lights
  29. iced coffee
  30. the Maryland flag


  1. I'm confused. Why would a women's religious order refer to the initial period of formation as 'seminary' rather than 'novitiate'? Seminary usually refers to the period of training for men who are studying for the priesthood.

  2. You're correct, it does. We call it "Seminary" for historical reasons. When St. Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac founded the DCs, canon law required that all Sisters be cloistered. In order to get around this rule, our founders used different vocabulary - we lived in houses, not convents; we studied in Seminary, not novitiate (in France, "Seminary" was another word for "boarding school"), etc.

    Obviously, that law no longer exists but we keep the word. Canonically, we are a Society of Apostolic Life, not a religious order. That means our "novitiate" is not the same as religious orders. For example, for us DCs, there is no canonical year, no apostolic year as you would find in religious orders. Our whole Seminary is spent in the Seminary.


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