Friday, June 21, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church

Sister Faye Huelsmann

Grand Junction, Colo.

Sister Faye co-founded The Center for Enriched Communications Inc., in Grand Junction, Colo., in 1981. She still works at the counseling center, where she is able to help people through psychological struggles while answering the call she feels to work with young children, providing them with a good foundation of mental and emotional health.

She joined Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in 1958 when she had just begun college. “I sensed a deep peace and a commitment that I wanted to be a part of,” Faye said of CSJ.

She taught grade school, high school and became a director of religious education. She then helped found the Manna House center for prayer. While teaching high school in Colorado, talking with children about their difficulties, she and Sister Pat Lewter felt drawn to counseling and believed they could more effective in a setting where counseling was the sole focus and parents of the children could be involved.

“One of the primary things about CSJ is that we are to find what the needs of the times are and address that,” Sister Faye said.

CSJ has allowed her to reach her personal goals in the context of a spiritual commitment that is liberating.

“I think it’s a freeing experience in the sense of being able to serve the area we feel called to minister to,” she says, “and we have a lot of support and freedom to fulfill our commitment to that calling.”

(To learn more about the Center for Enriched Communications, click HERE to go to the CEC Web site.)

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