A New York woman who wants to become a nun has been told she'll have to wait to take her vows until she pays off her student loans.
Alida Taylor, 28, told New York's CBS2 that her desire to become a nun happened after she graduated from the University of Louisiana, moved to New York and took a job with a Broadway costume designer.
"When I moved to the city, I had all these desires. I wanted to have a career, a family and marriage, but your heart begins to shift," she told CBS2.
Alida was hoping to join the Sisters of Life Convent on the city's Upper West Side, but was told she has to pay off her student debt first.
"That financial debt, having that be resolved allows her to freely enter into her vocation," Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei of the Sisters of Life told CBS2.
Alida had planned to pay off her student loans over the next 10 years. Now, she's set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay off the $18,000 in time to make the convent's September deadline.
Why is the convent so strict about the debt? A job outside the convent is not an option, and the convent does not provide a salary or stipend for nuns.
"Religious life is a full-time job, so to speak, so she wouldn't be able to work and enter into religious life," Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei told CBS2.
Dealing With Student Loan Debt
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