Beth Burwell, a recent University of Central Florida graduate, is studying to become a member of the Sisters of Life religious order. Her journey to this vocation started while still a student in high school and continued to blossom while attending college.
While studying at UCF, she was heavily involved in Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) and the Pro-Life group on campus, Students for Life. In fact, she first met the Sisters of Life at a March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
Ministry, prayer, and a strong Catholic foundation from a young age inspired her decision. She “fell in love with Jesus” more deeply during a three week visit to Italy. Because she did not speak the language and was traveling alone, she spent most of her time in silence and contemplation. She stayed in convents and learned more about what religious life is all about and discovered, “the vocation is so beautiful.”
After returning to the United States, Burwell met with the Sisters of Life in New York. On her visit, she saw the many social justice programs the Sisters of Life supported and realized their causes were some of same ones she was passionate about.
The sisters operate a convent as a home for pregnant women and offer crisis pregnancy outreach. The order also runs post-abortion retreats and assists with marriage preparation. Upon meeting the sisters, Burwell described them as young, vibrant, and “absolutely delightful.”
After her 2006 graduation, Burwell applied to the Sisters of Life order and was accepted.