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Another Great Vocation Story

February 16, 2010

Very similar to the Grant Desme story. A young athlete, with promising talent, who had already impressed at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Her best years of Speed Skating were in front of her.

Where is Kirstin Holum now?

In a convent with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal:

There is no television and no internet at St. Joseph’s Convent in Leeds, England, meaning Holum won’t get to watch the Winter Olympics where she was supposed to become a star.

The peaceful surrounds of the convent is where Holum, now known as Sister Catherine, devotes her life to religious service as a Franciscan nun. That calling had begun on a trip to Our Lady of Fatima, a holy site in Portugal famed for a series of religious visions that appeared nearly a century ago. It was outside the Fatima basilica where Holum decided that a path of religious dedication, not frozen skating lanes, would be her destiny.

“It is funny now to think of how different my life is now,” she said. “I had the wonderful privilege of being able to compete as an Olympian, and now I am blessed to able to serve God and help those less fortunate.”

I was so happy to come across this inspirational story. Thanks to AmP for the tip, and do be sure to read the rest.

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