Rachel Fleurant

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rachel 200Hi, I’m Rachel Fleurant and I made my final vows with Rosie Drum on the 11th February 2012, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at St Benedict’s in Canberra. 

Like many young women, I had big plans for my life: I was going to be married by 25, have a family, and become a successful marketing manager! But God had different plans. After high school I completed a Marketing degree and I was enjoying the benefits of working for a corporate life insurance company as a Direct Marketing Manager. I wasn’t looking for a vocation at all until I was on pilgrimage for World Youth Day, Canada, 2002. This is when I started to feel the Lord was drawing me aside and speaking to me personally. Returning from there I began a new job working full-time in youth ministry. There I fell even more in love with Jesus and realised that this was more than a job, it was becoming for me something more like a deep vocation. Soon after my trip I made contact with my spiritual director who posed the question to me:- “Well Rachel have you asked God what he wants you to do with your life? Do you know what your vocation is?” After plenty of prayer and discernment I finally realised that the Lord was calling me to an exclusive relationship to him to be lived out in consecrated life. I felt that Jesus, my Beloved was saying to me “You are mine and I am yours, I have chosen you and set you apart.

This gradually led me to discern my call to consecrated life. “I realised after having worked in the marketing industry for some years that I lost my passion and enthusiasm for my career and that Jesus was calling me into a spousal relationship with him. This meant giving away everything and walking in his footsteps. I see it as an unexplainable gift – it is all because of God’s grace, his free gift, undeserved, and not because I’m extraordinary or super holy or virtuous. In fact, this life has called me to greater humility, purification and a greater understanding of the person of Christ, who has called me to become a woman fully content and fully alive in him. I know the urge to respond to the needs of the world by proclaiming the redeeming love of Christ to all people.”

This year I have been called to lead our Ministry Training house in Melbourne. I have found my feet in youth ministry working part-time for my local parish in Greythorn. I am truly passionate to see the power of the gospel unleashed in these young people’s lives as I accompany them in the struggles and temptations which they face as they engage in the secular world. One of my favourite quotes which I hold firmly and pray  that I may become is taken from Catherine of Siena’s words: ‘If you are what you should be, you will set your whole world on fire!’

Every day I thank God for this incredible gift of consecrated life. There is a deep joy and peace that I have experienced thus far within the Missionaries of God’s Love sisters: having so many opportunities to proclaim to all people the burning love of Jesus for them, especially to the young and the marginalised.

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