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Adrian Woman Enters Candidacy
With the Adrian Dominican Sisters

(posted January 3, 2007)

Ashley Gonzalez, right, prepares to enter the candidacy with the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

During the Evensong for Peace prayer service in Holy Rosary Chapel on January 2, Ashley Gonzalez made her Rite of Entrance into Candidacy with the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Ashley’s family, friends and numerous Adrian Dominicans were present, including Ashley’s mentor, Betty Condon, OP, who attested to Ashley’s desire to seek vowed life. “Mentoring Ashley over these past months, discerning with her concerning her possible vocation, has been a rich blessing for me,” Sister Betty said. “Ashley is a gifted young woman and, I believe, ready and able to pursue a life of mission with the Congregation beginning with the candidacy year. Ashley will be a gift to the Congregation, and I believe, we, the Congregation, will be a gift for her.”

On behalf of the Adrian Dominican Sisters,
Prioress Donna Markham, OP, left, welcomes
Ashley to share faith and life with the Congregation. She then asked Ashley, "What do you wish and
what do you ask of the Congregation?"

Ashley was welcomed and called forward by Prioress Donna Markham, OP, who posed the question, “What do you wish and what do you ask of the Adrian Dominican Congregation?" Ashley replied: “I desire to follow God into the arms of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, in order to continue my God quest — a quest into the unknown and the mystery of God, as I learn to be a servant in this world and become more intimate in relationship with my creator. I ask the Adrian Dominican Congregation to open their lives to me as we share love, dreams, struggles, and joys with one another. I ask that we encourage, comfort and urge each other to live lives worthy of God, with one mission — to seek truth, make peace and reverence life.” Ashley then was presented a copy of the Adrian Dominican Mission Statement by Ellen Burkhardt, OP, Director of Formation.

Carleen Maly, OP, Director of Vocations, gives Ashley a congratulatory hug.

Ashley was born and raised in Adrian, and is the youngest of three children born to Betty and Gilbert Gonzalez, who are also Adrian natives.

Ashley attended Michener Elementary School and Drager and Springbrook middle schools. She graduated from Adrian High School in 2003, where she participated in numerous civic and extra-curricular activities including junior varsity volleyball and basketball and varsity softball. Ashley attended Siena Heights University and completed her bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration in December 2006.

During her high school and early college years Ashley was active as a leader in Young Life programs. Most recently she participated as a mentor in the Lenawee County Behavior Educators program. Ashley served as writer and advertising editor for Spectra, the Siena Heights newspaper, and participated in SUPA (Students United for Peace in Action) and Sojourn, Siena’s campus ministry outreach.

Ashley was mentored by Betty Condon, OP.
Throughout her life Ashley has been a “faith-seeker,” actively participating in Young Life and Ogden Church. During her college years, she felt drawn to learn more about the Catholic faith. With support from members of Siena’s campus ministry team, Ashley entered the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at St. Mary’s parish in Adrian and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church in 2006. During her journey toward the Catholic faith, Ashley also came to know the Adrian Dominican Sisters at the Motherhouse and felt called by God to enter more deeply into discernment of vowed life.

Ashley will spend her candidacy year in Adrian living in community and participating in the ministerial, social and liturgical life of the Motherhouse campus.