“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you: Your right hand upholds me.” ~ Psalm 63:7-8

On June 24, 1944, at 11:07pm, Betty Katherine Pavoni was born to Katherine and Joseph Pavoni. Mary Jane followed in 1946, Linda followed in 1950. Grand Rapids, Michigan, was home until 1957 when the family relocated to Saginaw, Michigan. Entrance day, September 8, 1962, from SS Peter and Paul High School, Saginaw, Michigan.

Home is where you pitch your tent.

Over my 60 years, I have enjoyed travel in the US, many years via tent comforts. The Lands of Dominic tour was especially meaningful during the 2000 Jubilee Year and we were able to walk through the Jubilee Doors. My ministry allowed me to serve as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 40+ years and as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Teacher for a 15-year ministry — these years overlapped. In these ministries, I have touched many lives with the help of the Lord.

As I type these words, my view from my bedroom window is of our 100+ year-old Marywood building. Many memories of life shared, life lived, life companions, life prayer. I am grateful and humbled as I have been supported, encouraged and loved into life in this Dominican Community.

Sisters Marjorie Stein, Edith Kahler, Mario Pavoni, and Lillian Bockheim gather together to celebrate Sister Mario’s 60th Jubilee.