I’m Sandy Lucas, one of the new postulants. I’m an only child who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I first met the Daughters of St. Paul at their Bookcenter in downtown Cleveland when I was a little girl. Though the Daughters of St. Paul are no longer stationed in Cleveland, they came back into my life as I began to discern religious life.
My journey to religious life has been a long one. I first thought about religious life while in high school, but did not begin to actively discern until after I had practiced law for several years! After graduating from John Carroll University with a degree in English and History, I obtained a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I spent my entire legal career at the same downtown Cleveland law firm, where I focused on estate planning and estate and trust administration. I helped individuals and families with their financial and legal matters following the death of a loved one and during other difficult times in their lives.When I wasn’t at work, I spent much of my time volunteering and serving as a trustee on various Diocesan and other Catholic non-profit boards. I was also active in Catholic young adult groups in the Cleveland diocese. As a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, I served on parish council and as a lector and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
Though I had a successful career and devoted a lot of time to church activities, I still felt called to give more. A few years ago, I finally began to contact religious communities for more information. The Daughters of St. Paul came up during an internet search and in conversation with others. I am particularly drawn to the challenge of communicating the Gospel using all forms of media, as well as to community life and spirituality lived by the Daughters of St. Paul. I’m excited to be part of this community and to continue my discernment.