Sister Audra grew up in Monroe City, Mo. She attended elementary school at Holy Rosary Catholic School, where she first thought about religious life. She attending Monroe City R-1 High School. During the summers, she attended Catholic Heart Work Camp, a week-long mission trip to different cities around the country where teens do service projects for the poor. “That’s where I really feel in love with serving the poor,” says Sister Audra.
Sister Audra attended Quincy University, a small Franciscan college in Quincy, Ill., majoring in communications with a concentration in broadcasting. It was during this time that she found the IHM Sisters while googling nuns.
“I found A Nun’s Ministry,” she notes. “It was founded by IHMs and I was invited to the IHM Motherhouse my sophomore year in college. The rest is history.”
In 2013, she served at another IHM ministry, Compassionate Companions / Monroe County Guardians, advocating for those with physical and mental disabilities; she will continue in this ministry.
As for the future of religious life, Sister Audra is optimistic. “It’s an exciting time to be in religious life,” she says. “We’re really able to be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on the margins.”