My grandmother who lived near Concordia used to tell me how happy the sisters were and what wonderful lives they led. I heard but I did not heed. I liked to visit her in August, so I could see the investiture ceremony at the Motherhouse.
One day when I was wondering what I would do with the rest of my life, I thought clearly and decisively, “I will be a Sister of St. Joseph.” I had been educated by the Dominican Sisters and had even lived with them in a girls’ academy after my mother’s death.
I told my stepmother of my sudden new decision. Neither of us knew anything about the CSJs. So we went to Concordia to get acquainted. At the Motherhouse three sisters came to the parlor to visit with us. After awhile someone said, “ If she comes before Feb. 14th she can receive the habit on Aug. 15th. My stepmother exclaimed that that would be much too soon. But I said, “I can do it!” And I did.
During my 70 years as a CSJ I have had many opportunities for growth in spirituality, education and travel. I’ve taught every grade from first grade through 12th and college in Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico.
After 40 years I retired from teaching and worked in a hospital business office for a couple of years. Then I became a certified hospital chaplain and ministered in health care for 13 years.
My retirement has been enriched by doing various RSVP volunteer works in health care, the museum, and ESL (English as a Second Language).
It never ceases to amaze me, and I am profoundly grateful for God’s invitation to me to become a Sister of St. Joseph of
Concordia. God’s Presence is with me all the way.