Since early childhood I loved to learn. I was an over achiever so I put forth a lot of effort. Learning provided meaning and purpose in my life. I connected learning with school so I have a love for education.
When I entered the Sinsinawa Dominicans and became a teacher I felt right at home. I’m grateful for the educational opportunities I’ve had. After my teaching degree I went on to receive two masters and certification. What blessings these experiences have been.
Beyond formal study, Dominicans are life-long learners. In fact, study is an essential part of our charism. The longer I live the more I realize the many ways we learn. Learning has become a way of life that enriches me with meaning and purpose.
Living at the Mound I have so many opportunities to study and learn. Mealtime is a great source of learning. The sisters provide a wealth from their life experience. There are many different study groups, mini-courses, prayer groups, book clubs, seminars and regular learning chats. The Mound is a center that offers educational and artists’ displays, workshops, retreats, talks, and fun learning experiences. There are cultural opportunities here as well as close by us.
Over the years my love for learning has deepened. Being a life-long learner is a gift from God. I will treasure my life experiences and all the people who have blessed me. I’m at home as a Dominican. How about you? Are study and learning part of your passion? Come, learn with us!
Mary Therese Johnson, OP