My life

by Sr Nancy Wong

“Come and pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus is waiting for you” Sr.Lucia, my class teacher, a Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary invited us. This was the first attraction to the Religious Life. I was attending school in 1964 and was 15 years old.

After this invitation I attended daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the convent chapel almost every day.

I spent four years in school and each day paid a visit to Jesus during recess as often as I could. I came to know the Sisters of the Franciscan missionaries of Mary better, their way of life, their apostolic mission, their sacrifices and their joy. But In the year 1964 I came into contact with another congregation, the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres. This became a problem for me as before me were two congregations with their unique charisms both very appealing to me personally. At the same time I was struggling between the choice of a married life or a Religious life.

I searched and prayed for more than four years. Since I am the eldest in a family of three I had a hard time in getting permission from my dad and mum to join the Religious Life. Finally with prayer and persuasion I got through.

As we all know, vocation is a calling from God waiting for our response. I tried to escape his calling but in the end I gave in – God’s plan is the best for us as long as we receive it joyfully.

I entered the convent with the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres, in Hong Kong, in 1971 and I am now celebrating 39 years of having the privilege of being the companion of Jesus on the my journey through life; of having Jesus waiting for me daily in the Tabernacle and knowing the happiness of receiving Jesus into my heart.

I am working now as a missionary in Australia - working in a Home for the Aged which our Congregation runs. I began my career teaching little ones in Kindergarten and now am serving the elderly.
What a big change in direction for me! But Jesus is still the centre of my life.

I am thankful for the gift of my vocation. “My Dear Jesus, I give myself to you as you have given yourself to me”; is the prayer I pray often.

I am looking forward to the celebration of my golden Jubilee in 2022
I pray that I get the chance to enjoy this celebration in good health and with some of my family and many good friends.

I think deeply about the words of Saint Peter Julian Eymord 

“Have a great love for Jesus in his divine Sacrament of Love.”


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