January 25, 2010
What is your name? Laura Ellyn Nolin
Where are you from? Newport, Vermont (a small town way up on the Canadian border)
How old are you? Just turned 30yrs old
When did you enter the Daughters of St. Paul? I arrived on Monday January 18th, 2010 and officially began postulancy on Wednesday January 20th, 2010.
Where did you go to school? I attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. I am a Registered Nurse and have worked at 3 different hospitals in Vermont and Massachusetts on medical-surgical floors. I particularly enjoy the surgical post-operative patients (helping patients recover from their surgeries)!
What do you like to do for fun? I REALLY enjoy music (singing, playing, listening, etc), playing games, doing puzzles, and watching sports (especially college basketball!). But most of all I love playing and spending time with my nieces and nephews!!
How did you meet the Daughters of St. Paul? As I was discerning my vocation, I chose and visited 5 communities all with different missions. The second one I visited was the Daughters of St. Paul. I attended a Come and See retreat in Chicago and felt so at home there. I loved their spirituality, joy, and strong sense of community. As I continued to visit the other communities, I found myself comparing them all to my experience with the Daughters. So I went on several other retreats with the Daughters and got to know them better and now I'm here as a postulant!
What is your favorite scripture passage?
I have 2 favorites. First is Matthew 14:17 "...do not be afraid."
The second one is Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."