“While sitting in my college biology class, I experienced a sense of wonder and excitement,” she explained. “I loved learning about the way life is so ordered — how it tells a story. Biology told a really beautiful one. This wonder of creation, especially the crowning jewel of creation — the human person — captivated me. I felt this invitation, this call, to study medicine.”

It wasn’t until she completed her medical training in residency that she found herself asking: “God, what is your plan for my love?”

“In response, I knew Jesus was inviting me to lay down all of the gifts he had given me in my profession. I heard Jesus say to my heart: ‘Let me show you what I can do with it.’ Jesus showed me that the seeds of my vocation were planted on those youth retreats of desiring greatness — as Jesus’ bride, he opens my heart to a greatness in love.”

She entered the Sisters of Life in 2016, only a couple of weeks after her twin sister took her first vows and was able to return home after her years in formation.

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“Our parents enjoyed a couple weeks with both their daughters home before they had to take us both to the convent — Sister Pia Jude as a newly professed sister to begin her first mission, and myself to enter as a postulant,” Sister Luca Benedict said. “But they did so with joy — it was pure grace that strengthened them for that day.”

Sister Pia Jude shared that during her time as a postulant, she experienced such joy that she wanted the same for her sister.

“I had to entrust my sister’s vocation to the Lord,” she said.

“When I learned that she was entering the Sisters of Life, I thought, ‘Wow God! Your gifts keep multiplying!’”

Sister Luca Benedict added: “Being a religious, and specifically being consecrated to this charism of protecting and enhancing the sacredness of human life, is something difficult to communicate. There is a depth and richness of living in a spiritual reality that is hard to speak about.” 

“To know that my twin sister knows and understands what is so essential to my own heart, and to the heart of each Sister of Life, is really one of the greatest gifts God can give a family.”

Together as religious sisters

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The two sisters were drawn to the Sisters of Life in particular because of the “invitation to spousal love with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom of every soul, and the attraction to the charism of life,” Sister Pia Jude explained.

“Ironically,” she added, “neither of us ever really expressed to the other these desires — they were something personal and inexpressible — but the fact that we both experienced an invitation to become a Sister of Life confirms that God was preparing both of us to encounter in the Sisters of Life and the vows we profess the fulfillment of our desires.”

Over the years, they have worked helping pregnant women in need and working on college campuses sharing the gospel of life. Sister Pia Jude is currently putting her law degree back to work as she works at their motherhouse in New York in the office of the superior general, which supports and upholds each sister and their missions.

Life Fest

This week when the twin sisters speak at Life Fest at the D.C. Armory in the nation’s capital, where there will be Mass, music, and testimonies, they hope to convey the message “that God’s goodness multiplies. That from one, God made two,” Sister Luca Benedict told CNA.

“Our testimony is that God has even greater gifts in store for you — dream and give those dreams to God,” she added. “Be open to his call for your life, and he will transform every dream you have in his love. God will strengthen you and bless you beyond your imagination.”