Mother Mary Paul
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mother Mary Paul is the Foundress of the Sisters of Divine Grace.
Mother Mary Paul was born and raised in New Jersey, one of four children in a Catholic home. She felt a call to religious life at an early age and wanted to enter a local religious community in high school. Her parents decided it was better to wait until after graduation. Life events interfered with that plan and Mother Mary Paul found herself in college at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Shortly thereafter she met and married her husband, graduated, and entered into teaching Home Economics and Special Education, and raising her three children.
Years later, alone and with adult children on their own, Mother Mary Paul again explored religious life. After visiting several communities both in the United States and abroad she entered religious life. During formation Mother Mary Paul realized that God was calling her to something more, and left the convent to return home. In Boise, Idaho, which had been home base for many years, Mother began the process of founding a new religious community in answer to the insistent and ardent calling in her soul.
Mother was confident and peaceful that she was on the path God desired for her, but was also very aware that she did not know how to accomplish the task. She entrusted herself and her journey to God and moved forward, researching and meeting with those who could offer guidance.
"As soon as I gave my 'yes' to the Lord, it seemed as though I was on a bus with God as the driver, going from one appointment to another. The community became an entity and I grew in my understanding of what God wanted. I held my head high for Him in the midst of many obstacles. I didn't know how anything would turn out, but my peace and certainty in the call never wavered. I remain continuously amazed at the hand of God working in my life and in the Sisters of Divine Grace."
Mother Paul's life experiences, which included many years of severe and debilitating illness along with a most wonderful and complete healing, nurtured in her a heart that seeks to love beyond herself and to connect the hearts of others to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus in and through His Catholic Church. "Divine Grace is the very life of God and His heart is the source of that life. We really are the Sisters of the Heart of God. People are longing for that life, that love. All we want to do is to bring their hearts to His heart."