An attorney from Anchorage, Alaska has fulfilled her dream of becoming a nun thanks to a fundraising “bootcamp” by the Laboure Society that helped repay her student loan debt, according to Catholic San Francisco.
Tara Clemens became interested in becoming a nun after visiting the Corpus Christi Monastery. However, $100,000 in student loans from Oregon’s Lewis & Clark Law School held her back from chasing her passion.
That is when the Laboure Society, whose mission is to help those with a religious vocation resolve student debt, helped her out.
Clemens participated in the program for two years, paying off her debt sooner than expected after two benefactors sent a considerable contribution.
Tara Clemens, an evangelical Protestant that converted to Catholicism, is now known as Sister Marie Dominic of the Incarnate World. After making her first vows in May, Sister Marie Dominic is officially a cloistered Dominican nun with the Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, California.
“As a nun inside the cloister, even though I can never leave, I can embrace the whole world with that love and intercede for the whole world,” Sister Marie Dominic told Catholic San Francisco.
Sisters at the monastery spend their time praying, reading, cleaning, cooking, and shipping altar bread used for communion.
“People all around the country know they have done something to help Tara Clemens become Sister Marie Dominic. She didn’t get there alone,” said John Flanagan, Executive Director of the Laboure Society.
Started by Minnesota businessman Cy Laurent and Mike Smeby of University Bank in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Laboure Society became officially operational in 2003. Twelve years later, the society was included in the official directory of the Catholic Church.
The Laboure Society enrolls a “class” of up to 25 people who believe they have a calling to the religious life. The members then fundraise for their class, not for themselves, in the hopes that they can eliminate student debt and move forward with their goals.
Author: Mike Brown
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