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'Anything worth achieving will take great sacrifice and effort'

Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP - Co-founder and Mother Superior of a new order in the Diocese of Lansing

Q: Is there a person who inspired you along the way?

A: Not one but two as together they inspired me in my youth and continue to inspire me by the beautiful example they gave me. It was my parents who taught my two brothers, three sisters and myself the priorities in life of Faith and Family. The Catholic education they gave us came as a great sacrifice to them but remains one of their greatest gifts to us.

Q: Tell us a defining moment in your ministry.

A: Since the Dominican Sister’s Apostolate is Education and one has to be prepared for this academically, emotionally and spiritually, one remains conscious that the most important ingredient you could possess would be zeal for souls. Obviously, a good education should be given but to impart to your students the ultimately quest for holiness far surpasses anything else they may learn. A defining moment could well be to realize how much easier my parents’ lives would have been if their money could have been spent other than on their children’s Catholic education. This reminds me that I, too, have the responsibility to give back to others without counting the cost whatever is needed to help them grow in their faith and greatness!

Q: What would you tell your younger self about not giving up on achieving your goals?

A: Anything worth achieving will take great sacrifice and effort. We find this in every aspect of our lives whether it be spiritual, mental or physical. All depends on how much you desire these things are thus willing to make the sacrifices to achieve them. Perseverance is the key to keep striving and never give up!