Jubilee, like an anniversary, marks time by remembering, asks for the forgiveness of debt and/or actions to strengthen relationships with God and neighbor, and celebrates the abundance of blessings experienced.
The oldest of five daughters for Daniel and Regina (Peplinski) Klonowski, my life was rich with deep Catholic faith, education, and Polish customs. These marked each sacramental and growth step in my birth and faith family, St. Josaphat Parish, Carrollton. Community was learned as one witnessed and practiced acceptance/inclusion. Presence was felt and given as support amidst trial and loss. Voice was heard. Fear was weakened. Hope, courage, and trust strengthened. Love to transform discrimination and avoidance.
My acceptance into the Grand Rapids Dominicans on the wave of Vatican II, the Vietnam War, and Civil Rights movement challenged my prayer and mission life. Being invited and confirmed through the community, Pharmacy became my portal for service. Believing medication is an aid for healing and focusing on a person not a disease, I have sought affordable access and safe understandable use of medicine. My claimed voice helps Love transform healing.
My prayer, answered hourly, is “to be open to receive God’s love and to respond as fully as I am able”, “to love each person who crosses my path.” Gratitude, joy, and the music from Lori True’s hymn “Let This Be the Time” ring in my heart. “May this be the time when Peace, Justice, and Transformation” do mark all our lives. Amen.
Until her retirement, Sr. Phyllis Klonowski, OP of Saginaw was the founder and pharmacy director of the Community Prescription Support Program, a nonprofit organization based at St. Mary’s of Michigan that serves needy populations such as the elderly, mental health patients and the working poor in Saginaw County.
Pray for those who suffer from childhood abuse or lack of healthcare
After her call to vowed life — the medical sciences and a mission to improve quality of care for the sick called Sr. Phyllis Klonowski to Purdue University where she received her clinical degree in Pharmacology. In addition to working as a pharmacist, Sr. Phyllis helps up and coming pharmacists learn.
We caught Sr. Phyllis Klonowski and Drew Browne owner of PhamD at HealthFirst Pharmacy in Owosso, MI, where she formerly worked as a pharmacist.
Sr. Phyllis Klonowski, OP of Saginaw was awarded the Consultant Pharmacists Society of Michigan 2008 Pharmacist of the Year Award. Every year CPSM recognizes a pharmacist who has made significant contributions to the practice of consulting, home infusion or nuclear pharmacy.
Joan Sabourin and Sr Phyllis Klonowski at a Marywood Academy reunion in 2017.