Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2012 / 23:11 pm
After years of working as a pro-life news reporter, a Catholic journalist discovered that she had a vocation to be a contemplative nun and that God had been using her work to prepare her to answer the calling.
On Oct. 14, Kathleen Gilbert, former LifeSiteNews U.S. Bureau Chief, will begin her first year as a postulant for the Discalced Carmelites in Buffalo, N.Y.
Although she was raised in a Catholic household where religious life was always seen as "a very good thing," Gilbert told CNA she never felt "pushed" in any particular direction and was "totally free to pursue whatever I wanted to become."
Early on in her life, Gilbert said she wanted to be an apologist – someone who teaches the Catholic faith and defends it from misinterpretation – especially since she frequently "practiced" explaining Catholicism to her Presbyterian father.