That’s Why We Loved HimMarch 25th, 2015
Most high school drama directors are gentle, creative people who encourage their actors with calming guidance. That was never Marianist Brother Jim Abel’s style. Abes ran our Queen’s Men drama program at Purcell/Purcell Marian High School like a football coach. Abes yelled, threw things and slammed doors. A former track coach, Abes was big on calisthenics. He stood over us as we lay in the drama center holding our feet six inches off the floor until our diaphragms hurt so badly we thought they had torn. Three minutes. Five.Ten Stop already! During rehearsals, he …Read More.
Wisdom and GraceFebruary 24th, 2015
As an associate of the Sisters of St. Francis, I have a close relationship with Sister Ruth Marie Kluemper. She is my Spiritual Companion and is overflowing with wisdom and grace. Sister Ruth always knows exactly the right thing to say which opens my heart to the truth of the situation. She has been an inspiration to me as she faithfully and willingly serves others in the community in the spirit of St. Francis. I am so blessed to have Sister Ruth walk with me on my Franciscan journey and to help me continue to …Read More.
Still Going StrongFebruary 19th, 2015
I first met Sr. Joan Krimm at Mother of Christ Parish in the late 70s. As pastoral minister, Sr. Joan became a stabilizing influence and an anchor for many in the community. She was present and available when people needed to talk in the middle of a crisis. She provided food and clothing through her outreach efforts. Sr. Joan confronted injustice. She encouraged and fostered parishioners to take control and responsibility of their Church.She is a person who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. Her life and ministry has been dedicated to …Read More.
Woman of InfluenceFebruary 17th, 2015
Sr. Helen Eckstein, OSF has influenced the lives of her students and co-workers since her teaching career began in 1960 – and her influence continued as she returned to community service at the Sisters of St. Francis’ Motherhouse in Oldenburg, IN in 2005. I joined the Sisters as their Development Director in 2007, and Sr. Helen was one of the first to greet me. Her attention to detail and understanding of our various donor relationships was obvious … as was her deep religious devotion. As our friendship grew, I discovered some of the hardship Sr. Helen endured …Read More.
Gratefully RememberedFebruary 11th, 2015
Sister Agnes Marie Beck, SNDdeN, known to me as Sister Mary Veronica, was my Second Grade Teacher. She prepared me for my First Communion. I do not remember any specific thing she said about this sacrament and I know she helped me to have a great love for the Eucharist. When I entered the community, she supported me in my call. She never failed to tell people about me as a Second Grader! I am grateful for her presence in my life. You are invited to comment below. And you are invited to share stories …Read More.
A Mentor IndeedDecember 15th, 2014
When I became a pastor at Holy Angels in Sidney, OH in 2008, I was very nervous. Sr. Rita Maureen Schmidt, SC helped me so much in growing in my identity as a priest, pastor, and spiritual father for the parish. She shared her wealth of experience in ministry, encouraged me to take chances, forced me to take time off, and helped me learn when to say yes and when to say no. She is a huge reason, we, as a parish, were able to do so many things. Thanks Sr. Rita, Father Dan Schmitmeyer. …Read More.