Wisdom FigureJuly 1st, 2015
Sr. Joan Laughlin came into my life 35 years ago, when I pursued becoming an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. Sr. Joan was the Associate Director for this new endeavor of her community. Little did I know how much I would learn from her about life, community, relationship and God. Throughout her sixty plus years in community, Sr. Joan gracefully served in parishes, as a teacher, as a missionary, as Associate Director/Co-Director and in community leadership. I was privileged to serve with Sr. Joan as Co-Director of our Associates for over 10 …Read More.
Example of HolinessJune 23rd, 2015
Sr. Agathe du St. Rosaire, lsp (Little Sister of the Poor) just celebrated her 60th jubilee. She was assigned to the St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold home in Clifton, OH in 2010. When meeting Sr. Agathe, the first thing one notices is her Irish brogue. However, it only takes a few minutes of conversation to recognize her deep and sincere love of Jesus. Her spirituality, dedication to, and love for Jesus radiates from her, often closing her eyes when speaking about Him. One then gets the feeling it is the Holy Spirit speaking through her. She …Read More.
A Pleasure to Work WithJune 3rd, 2015
I met Sister Marge Wissman, OSF when I started working at the Batesville, IN Food Pantry in 2008. She does the financial assistance job at the pantry, helping people with utility bills, rent, etc. I had just moved to the area from Connecticut so everyone was new to me, but Sister Marge quickly became one of my favorite people. She’s compassionate, fair, level headed, and has the most wonderful sense of humor. It’s such a pleasure to work with her. I don’t know a single person who does not think highly of her, and rightly …Read More.
Answering the CallMay 12th, 2015
In 1978, Sr. Patti Zureick and I were both exploring a vocation with the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. We challenged and supported each other through four years of pre-entrance weekends and formation. Her strong faith and commitment have never wavered. We have remained close all these years and I have been privileged to witness her undying love for God and service to His people. Every life she has touched for even the briefest moment has been blessed. Thank you, Patti, for answering the call to serve God as a Sister …Read More.
A Future Full of HopeApril 30th, 2015
The stories of younger, newer women religious are being told on the Future of Charity Blog! This innovative, collaborative online ministry debuted on November 30, 2014, in celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life. It was created and is written entirely by younger, newer religious from congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation hoping to do their part in “waking up the world.” Among the almost twenty contributors are five local women religious from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati: Sisters Sandy Howe, Tracy Kemme, Annie Klapheke, Andrea Koverman, and Alice Ann O’Neill. The …Read More.
Gift and BlessingApril 21st, 2015
I became acquainted with Sr. Therese Gillman when I became an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg and she was my contact Sister. Through the sharing of her life experience as a Franciscan Sister and by her daily example I have come to know what a remarkable woman she is. Sr. Therese has a shown me that doing what is right and not giving up on anyone or anything is the way that she lives. As Executive Director of the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Sr. Therese has shared her business expertise …Read More.
All About ConnectionsApril 15th, 2015
Every day when I report for work at the Province Offices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sister Mary Milano welcomes me with outstretched arms and a hearty smile, just like my Italian Nana when we came to her home for Sunday dinner. Sister Mary and I share a Chicago Italian upbringing and a belief in the healing powers of good food, boisterous conversation and a warm embrace. Sister Mary’s warm embrace extends far beyond Mt .Notre Dame Convent. For over eleven years now, Sister Mary has been knitting prayer shawls for …Read More.
Lives are BetterApril 9th, 2015
Sr. Jackie Leech works at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth Senior Living Community in Denver, Colorado. This is where I first met her. I remember some very profound words she spoke during the new employee orientation I attended that has stuck with me for the more than five-and-a-half years since I started working at The Gardens. She said, “If you are here to make lots of money, you are in the wrong place. Your mission is to care for our residents here as if you are caring for Jesus himself. If you are not willing …Read More.
Always in our HeartsApril 8th, 2015
Sister Patty Campbell was our Parish Life Coordinator at St. Mary’s of the Rock parish for eight years up until her retirement. Her wisdom, love, and commitment to God, and her sense of humor, captured the hearts of the young and old in our parish. While she was at our parish, Sister Patty was an active member of the Batesville Ministerial Association The ministers and church members also saw her wisdom and charm, and found out that Catholics aren’t as bad as people say; they are truly warm and loving people. She brings out the …Read More.
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.