Sr. Ann Marie
Sr. Ann-Marie Buss
Why did you enter the monastery?
My attraction to monastic life was nurtured by my love of the scriptures, a desire to praise God with my whole heart and soul, and to live that simple lifestyle where my entire focus would deepen my relationship with the Lord.
I entered monastic life with the hope that living in communion with other women who desired to serve the Lord, we would together receive the necessary support and challenges to cultivate relationships based on Gospel values. I also sought to share values and experiences in community.
Why do you stay?
I remain in the monastery because I have found genuine freedom from anxieties that have the capacity to cloud my heart and mind and distract me from my focus on God throughout the day. The structure of the day keeps me grounded and balanced with meditation work, the liturgy, Eucharist, lectio divina.
Each day brings creative opportunities to give selfless service to my sisters, opening me to truly “ listen” and respond lovingly with kindness. My experience of praising God through chanting the psalms, brings glory to God and delight to my soul as I strive to blossom into the person I am truly meant to become in Christ.