A deep longing for God

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Kathleen Lee, front, in her former life as a gym instructor.

Sr Kathleen Lee is a postulant at the Carmel of Goonellabah, a suburb of Lismore in north-eastern New South Wales. The community is dedicated to prayer and is home to 14 nuns including one postulant, one temporary professed sister and one transfer sister.

Q. Your full name, age, where you were born and where you grew up?
A. Sara Kathleen Lee, 46, a fitness instructor. Born and grew up in Singapore, lived and worked in Sydney since 2009.

Q. When did you enter the convent?
A. I entered the Discalced Carmelites as a postulant on 17th June 2021.

Sr Kathleen Lee today

Q. Why have you chosen to explore life as a nun?
A. I never knew anything about nuns as I came from a Taoist and Buddhist background. Before I was baptised in 2000 I had a deep longing for God which I cannot explain.

Q. Why the Discalced Carmelites?
A. I was led to the Discalced Carmelites by the grace of God through the people placed in my journey.

Q. Who is your favourite Carmelite saint and why?
A. I can’t pick one yet with my infant knowledge. However, with very brief knowledge of both writings of St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Jesus – their works magnetised and deepened my spiritual hunger.

I had heard about St Teresa of Andes, St Therese of Lisieux, St Elizabeth of the Trinity and St Teresa Margaret Redi. I know I’ve named more than one saint and I can’t wait to learn from them all because I know they’ve got something I’ve been longing for.

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