What has gone before and what is yet to come is beyond my control, but the magic of today is within my influence.
She will be:
WISE; from having learned from her experiences of life.
JOYFUL; savoring the moment, sucking the juice out of it.
LOVING; love will rule her judgments and relationships.
FLEXIBLE; willing to change, adaptable to the changes demanded by the aging process.
ASSERTIVE; she will speak truth from her heart, and learn the necessary virtues of courage and self-confidence.
LIGHTHEARTED; learn to laugh at herself and the universe. Have fun so people will enjoy being around her.
HOPEFUL; learn to retain her brain to think more positively, to see options and choices
UNIQUE; bring her own best gifts forward: gentleness, a listening spirit, interest in and appreciation of others.
– From Sr. Yvonne Foster-Greiner’s book, Inner Journey
“As a high school student at Marywood for four years, I remember being exquisitely lifted up out of the ordinary humdrum of life by experiencing high Mass liturgies with the Sisters singing the Gregorian Chant. The simplicity and beauty of those melodic lines… moved me to the core of my heart where my God resides.” Yvonne would return to Marywood during her junior year of college as a Candidate. One of her tasks was to help conduct chant practices, playing the organ and apprenticing with Sister Evangelista with the smooth flow of liturgical prayer in Dominican Chapel.
2018 – 60 Years a Sister
Pray for peace
Sister Yvonne’s sense of justice for all people has bridged every area of her life, especially through her teaching: “Our mission is to present to our students the God of truth, justice, beauty, and love in words and ways that they can relate to.”
Her quest for study and transformation has led Sr. Yvonne Greiner to continue her own studies. Her degrees include a Masters of Liturgical Theology and Liturgical Music from Aquinas College, Masters of Theology at Aquinas College, and a Masters in Liturgical Music at Notre Dame. Here, Sister Yvonne is pictured at a college theology conference in 1990. Today, she continues to place a high value on her own learning and transformation.
Sister Yvonne brought her teaching skills to the Word Project in 2004. She has always had a heart for supporting adult women’s return to education and personal growth.
Immediately after formation and graduation from college, Sr. Yvonne taught music at Marywood Academy for grades K-12. “For 13 more years, my life revolved around the Marywood chapel, as besides teaching music in school, I was full-time liturgist, organist, and taught a few groups of novices liturgical music.”
Sr. Yvonne Greiner on a trip to Rainier National Park in Seattle, Washington 1989.