One must seize upon the meaningful times that provide for a moment’s elation. I arrive at this special milestone in my life, thrilled that my heart is filled with gratitude to God, my family, and my religious community: three elements that converged fortuitously and timely, thus providing me with serious and profound opportunities of spiritual growth.
Eileen was the only child born to Nestor and Raquel Jaramillo, on October 2, 1942 in Belen, New Mexico. She later acquired four half siblings and together they became a very tightly knit family.
Eileen entered the Dominican congregation, received the name Sister Mary Claudine and returned to her baptismal name after Vatican II. She taught for many years in Michigan and New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, she was involved at the parish and archdiocesan levels. As a member of the Supervision and Curriculum Development Association, she devoted much time and energy to recruiting “high-powered” speakers for Archdiocesan Teachers’ Conventions.
Sister Eileen cannot do without her prayer life. She hopes to pray continually, exercise, read good stuff, relax with friends and family and enjoy a good movie “that incorporates a true plot!”
Her greatest joy has been in teaching middle school students. She also teaches High School English at Bataan Military Academy. As a member of the staff she holds two positions: Instructor in English, and she has also been awarded the rank of Ensign under the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC).
Since 1990, voluntary ministry at the Veteran’s Hospital has been a treat. She says, “This most precious time has been a means of spiritual growth; preparing music for Sunday Mass at Chapel and then serving as Eucharistic Minister for many floors at the hospital—each Sunday morning.”
2018 – 58 Years a Sister
Pray for teachers and students
Teaching a creative writing class at Bataan Military Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sister Eileen is an English instructor in a military academy serving students in grades 8-12. She is also an Ensign of the United States Navel Sea Cadet Corp.
Sister Eileen has found balance between her religious vows and the disciplined commitment to educate the whole student. She works to exemplify peace and presence.