James’ Story:

I became a member of the lay branch of COLW in 2019 during a period of discernment and learning about the community.

I had, of course become quite familiar with the community during my marriage to Sona, even back to first meeting them after we got engaged. After all, it had been a big part of Sona’s life and so it was to be a big part of mine. What has struck me since these early days was the commitment and enthusiasm shown by Sr Camilla and all the sisters, through all the changes that have occurred to the community. It has been an enthusiasm born out of love and joy which has been the hallmark of the community and what has attracted me to the community all along.

As a lay member now I appreciate the support and love we share of course, but I am also benefitting from the teaching we are receiving from the sisters: teaching that has given me greater clarity and insight about my faith and about the way I practice discipleship. I know that as my children grow up they too will benefit from this sound teaching.