This piece, from August 2015, was published on The Wireless, Radio New Zealand’s online magazine.
Jane Maisey spent her twenties exploring, both physically and spiritually, looking at different religions and ways of being. But it wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes that she came back to the faith she had grown up in.
“I looked at our Catholic faith with new eyes and a new spirituality, and it’s home for me, it’s in my heart and how I want to live.”
The earthquakes, she says, were a time in her life that provoked dramatic changes very quickly, leading her to consider one greater still: becoming a nun.
“To be honest, it was a really hard time in my life, and a lot of us experienced a lot of grief and trauma. Through that, though, it opened my eyes.
“I felt really strongly called to live a life of service – that, you know what, I would be really suited to that. Something in my heart sort of changed. Something within me realised – wow, this is for me.”
The rest of the piece is available here.