The Story of a Vocation
Once upon a time a little girl was born on 8th December in the north of France while the snow still covered the earth with its white mantle. Her parents called her Zoe in thanksgiving for the gift of life.
This is how the story of my vocation began, rooted in a happy family life with brothers and sisters where the memory of family prayer before an icon of Christ was normal.
One day while I was still only 11 years old
Sister Socorro Pereira Da Silva’s Story
To live in the joy of knowing one is called a child of God is truly a great grace! My name is Sr. Socorro Pereira da Silva. I was born in the Amazon in the heart of a multi-cultural society among diverse ethnics, customs, beliefs... which together shape an enormous rich society.
My vocation to Religious Life:
Like all young girls in the Amazon, I desired to marry and to become a mother, but the projects of God led me along another path. I discovered a marvellous youth service in the parish I attended. This experience gave me the good base which strengthened my Christian life.
A religious vocation before all else is a personal human mystery of existence. All begins in the heart of God. He calls us to follow Him, as He did with numerous people we know in the Bible. The fact of our vocation is a beautiful one, a serious one, a profoundly deep one; we sometimes need time to become conscious of its grandeur.
This voice of the Lord which resonnated in my ears “Follow Me”,
I heard during times of silence and solitude when participating with a group of young people at a Church gathering.