I am grateful to my community, family and friends who have shard in my journey, supporting and loving me through the challenges, joys and many blessings along the way.
Gentle falling snow adorns all in sight
With a soft white pillowy blanket
The Creator’s unique creation
No two flakes in imitation
Never to be compared one to another
Each snowflake as beautiful as the other
Floating down down down
Uniting in one grand panorama on the ground
The landscape majestically framed
As winter plays her earth-changing game
Helen Bueche OP, 12-01-10
Several years ago, Sister Helen Bueche was the coordinator for an after-school program in Saginaw that enriched academic and study skills outside school hours. At the time of her departure the Director wrote: “Sister Helen through the years has been a positive influence and effectively changed the lives of many adults, parents, staff, and those on Workfare assistance. She enriched the lives of people caught in the ghetto and showed there is a different way of life. Sister Helen will be missed… but her expressions of love, creativity, encouragement and belief in the worth of each person will be carried on.”
In 1987 she worked with in the Las Casas Dominican Ministry tutoring Cheyenne and Arapaho students in various public schools in Thomas, Oklahoma.
A true Dominican, she lives and moves as simply as the people she served then, and today among her Sisters in community at Marywood. Her presence as a Sister companion and assisting with mail room projects is a blessing in Marywood House, our motherhouse, and at Aquinata Hall and Marywood Health Center.
Born in 1935, she is one of six children born to Charles and Helena Buech. She grew up taught by Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters at St. Alphonsus School, Catholic Central High School, and graduated from Aquinas College. She then taught at Coit School in Grand Rapids for three years. Quiet and introspective, she often communicates the depth of her spirit through her poetry and her art.
2018 – 58 Years a Sister
Pray for an end to the exploitation of people and the Earth.
Wind and rain
Devoid of vainglory
I am redbuds
Tend to my unfolding
Poem and Picture by Helen Bueche, OP
A joyful congregation of Sisters at Marywood.
Sr. Lucille Janowiak, Sr. Helen Bueche, Sr. Catherine Anderson, Sr. Susan Ridley
Sr. Helen assists in filling bags with food items to be donated to Feeding America — a project of the Dominican Sisters Day of Service.
We are called to be responsible stewards of Earth, our home;
– Developing habits of only taking what we need;
– Reducing wastefulness;
– Thinking of needs of others, both present and future;
– Recognizing that all beings on Earth are part of a single interconnected fabric which all depend on for life.
Reflection by Sr. Helen Bueche