July 14, 2016

Student loan debt halts N.Y. woman’s dream to become a nun

CBS NewsJuly 13, 2016

Screen shot 2016-07-14 at 1.00.21 PMNEW YORK — A young woman wants to be a nun, but has been told she can’t until she pays off her debts.

As CBS New York reported, a fashion designer by day, 28-year-old Alida Taylor said her calling to become a nun was not always clear.

After graduating from the University of Louisiana with a degree in fashion, Taylor landed a job with a Broadway costume designer in New York City.

“When I moved to the city I had all these desires. I wanted to have a career, a family, and marriage, but your heart begins to shift,” she said.

It shifted towards God. Taylor hopes to join the Sisters of Life Convent on the Upper West Side in September, but she’s been told she has to pay off her student debt first.

“That financial debt, having that be resolved allows her to freely enter into her vocation,” Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei of the Sisters of Life said.

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