Wednesday, July 24, 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 Jodi Creten

Atlanta, Ga.

A native of Gladstone, Mich., Sister Jodi Creten has taught language arts in grade schools in New Mexico, Chicago and Missouri. From 1980 to 1987 she was coordinator of Stafford Hall, the community’s center for senior sisters. Since 1988 she has lived and ministered to the elderly both in assisted living and through senior companion services in Atlanta, Ga. Sister Jodi says, “The elderly are at a time of integration in their lives. My passion is to help them to integrate all that has been, and to do so with a listening heart. So often, they are the forgotten ones, but they have a
wisdom we still desire. I want to honor them and their life stories, and I want to respect them for who they are. Every day I go to them, I feel sent!”

Another one of Sister Jodi’s passions is cooking, and she often brings folks in for dinner, or she carries meals to them.

She also has a quick wit, enjoys nature and walking, studying Spanish, whistling and raising provocative questions with or without answers! She also dabbles in poetry.

She has been involved with the SOA Watch (School of the Americas) in Columbus, Ga., hoping that those efforts “will close the school that is responsible for the bloodshed of innocent people in Central America.” She writes letters through NETWORK (a Catholic social justice lobby), encouraging lawmakers to change policies that directly effect the poor and the marginalized.

Her spirituality flows into action through the quiet time she spends each day in prayer. She says, “Prayer informs all that I am and do. I truly believe that Sisters of St. Joseph are contemplatives in action. God directs. We listen, discern and then move into being for the ‘dear neighbor’.”

Sister Jodi has been a CSJ for 46 years and says, “My desire to minister in any way remains very strong, and so I search out ways I can meet the needs of all those with whom I come into contact. I believe that CSJs are contemplatives in action within the world and for the world, striving to bring justice and harmony wherever we go.”

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