Sr. M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM
Given to Love: Spousal Living and Spiritual Motherhood in Consecrated Religious Life
Every woman is called to grow from her primary identity as a beloved daughter into a bride and mother. The foundations laid in that place inform the way that spousal and maternal love will be lived regardless of vocation. This talk will unpack the essential elements of spousal and maternal love as lived in consecrated religious life and invite viewers to consider that maternity is the mark of feminine maturity while also identifying some of the challenges that could befall the woman growing into this kind of love.
Sister M. Karolyn Nunes entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 2005. A native of Rhode Island, she is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville having received a Bachelor’s degree in Theology with a concentration in Religious Education and a Masters in Catechetics and Evangelization. Over the past 17 years, she has worked in the field of catechetics and youth ministry in parishes and schools in Tennessee, Illinois, New Jersey, and Kansas. She has discovered in her consecration, community life and apostolate the truth that “The Glory of God is man fully alive.” Nothing brings her more joy than to share that fullness of life and the merciful love of Christ with others and to help them to find the same in God’s incredible plan for their lives which is her current task as vocation director for her community. In taking her religious name after Pope St. John Paul II, her goal is to live his encouragement to “Be Not Afraid” and “Duc in Altum…Put out into the deep,” never settling for shallow living. She loves road trips, the ocean, arts and crafts, and has a reputation for being a human jukebox.