There is something going on at our local Catholic Carmelite convent that you won't see a lot of elsewhere. Twin sisters have signed up to serve the Catholic Church.
The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus is an international congregation. For them to see twin sisters join is very rare.
The only other place they have a set of twins in is Croatia. It's a first for Texas.
Susan and Laura Redlinger, 20, are from San Diego, California. Laura felt the calling at a very young age, but she wanted to finish college first. Susan wanted to join right after high school, but somehow, even with the different events in their life, they both joined the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus at the same time.
The nuns at the convent said it's a very rare event, and normally, when biological sisters decide to join a congregation, they are split and sent to different cities; but these two sisters are spiritually mature and can handle being in the same convent.
"Susan and I have the same call to this order, but my call to the Lord is separate from her call, and my vocation is different," Laura said. "Yet He is still calling us together."
"It's a blessing, because God already knew we were going to be together," Susan said. "We were born together, and now to be together and to know this is where God wants us, it's beautiful."
They have just started their postulate life, which means for one year they will learn more about the religious life. It will take the young women about eight years to finally become nuns.
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