Sister Mary Jean Assell — 60 years

BORN: Aurora, Ill.
ENTERED CONGREGATION: March 18, 1950

Sixty years – WOW!

It is hard to believe that I have been a Sister of St. Joseph for 60 years. They have been excellent years of teaching first- and second-graders.

For the last 28 years I worked as a religious education coordinator in Grand Island, Neb., and Burlington and West Burlington, Iowa.
While teaching in Burlington, I enjoyed time visiting my mother, sister and other relatives in Aurora, Ill. My mother also came to Burlington and would stay for a month twice a year, which was a real joy for me.

One day I asked Mother this question: How many times would Daddy have come to see me now that I am in Burlington? Mother answered, “Oh, he probably would have come every weekend!”

Mother died in 1996, and I was with her in the hospital the morning she passed away. God allowed me to be with both of my parents when they died.

When I left Burlington, I went to live at Medaille Center in Salina, Kan. I enjoyed living there for three years with sisters who also had retired. We received word from the Motherhouse the Center would be closed so most of us moved to the Motherhouse.

Living at the Motherhouse has been great for me. I am able to volunteer to help with the elderly sisters, take communion to the sick and work at the main desk.

I give thanks to God for allowing me 60 years to spend as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia.