“I come to do your Will.” Little did I realize that fifty plus years ago when I told my parents I wanted to be a Sister did I envision what that reality would mean for me. It has been in trying to follow His Will for me that I can only be grateful to God and His presence. He has gifted me with a Community of Religious Women who completes that which I lack. In this time of gratitude I remember all who have touched my life and especially the love and support of my Sisters.
I was born on Christmas Eve, 1943 in the rural community of Wright and moved to Sparta a few months later. My brothers, Donald and Daniel, and I were enrolled in CCD classes taught by our Sisters. After eighth grade, I moved to Grand Rapids and enrolled in Marywood Academy’s freshman class.
In 1961, I entered Marywood to fulfill my desire to be a Sister. After college, I taught a Catholic schools in Muskegon Heights and Charlevoix. I was then assigned to the Aquinas College business office and subsequently returned to teaching, at Immaculate Heart in Grand Rapids. I then worked in the business office of Nazareth in Albuquerque, returned to an executive housekeeper position at Marywood and then learned accounting in the business office of the Grand Traverse Catholic Schools, followed by parish assignments in that area for my 50th year in religious life.
Each ministry I have been called to do has been preceded by some kind of preparation for the new setting, which I see as the golden thread of God working in my life. He has gifted me with His generous love.
2018 – 56 Years a Sister
Pray for all things good and small