Sister Agnes Bernita Green — 80 years

December 31, 2013 by

web-AgnesBernitaGreen-DSC_2927-copy-2BIRTH NAME: Laura Green
PARENTS: Edward R. and Katherine Meadows Green
HOMETOWN: Seward, Neb.
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister Agnes Bernita
1935-1980 It might be easier to list schools where she did NOT teach during her 45-year career. In Kansas, she taught in Aurora, Beloit, Collyer, Concordia, Junction City, Park, Salina (at Sacred Heart Grade School and High School and at Marymount College), Tipton and Vincent. She also taught in Grand Island and Sidney, Neb.; El Paso, Texas; and Chicago.
1980-1990 Grand Island, Neb.; hospital business office and then ministered as a hospital chaplain
1990-1993 St. John’s Hospital, Salina; chaplain
1993-present Retired from active ministry; living at the Motherhouse since 2004.

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, and 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. 14, she can receive the habit on Aug. 15. My stepmother exclaimed that that would be much too soon. But I said, “I can do it!” And I did.

During my 80 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, Texas and New Mexico.

The first class I ever taught was first grade in Collyer, Kan. And today one of the little girls who was a first-grader in that class lives at the Motherhouse with me — she is Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling.

After I retired from teaching, I 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.
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.


6 Responses to “Sister Agnes Bernita Green — 80 years”

  1. Jody Vogt on June 8th, 2014 9:41 pm

    What a blessing you have been in all of our lives. I have always loved having you as my dear “Auntie Sister”! Enjoy you special day! You deserve it, and it is our pleasure to be here to celebrate with you.

  2. Nancy Slough on June 6th, 2014 10:05 pm

    Dear Sister,

    Your 80th year as Sister of St. Joseph is an incredible milestone in your truly impressive life. I have so many wonderful memories of you as I was growing up. Some I know you will remember because we’ve talked about them but others you may need to recall. I remember on one of your trips to Worland when you traveled “in pairs” with another sister and we, your Slough nieces and nephews, were also visiting. I saw you in your nightgown as you slipped from the bathroom to your bedroom. You saw me and gave what I interpreted (at age 6ish) as a gasp. I prayed to God in a panic to forgive me for my sin of seeing you without your habit. Another memory that stands out was when the Sisters of St. Joseph gave up wearing habits. I remember you “fashioned” several new dresses for us and I recall your enthusiasm and spunk, two characteristics that I have associated with you all my life.

    I am so looking forward to seeing you, it’s been too long. I was really happy to be invited to to your 80th Jubilee Celebration and visit your beautiful Mother House once again.

  3. Antoinette (Satch) Brown on June 6th, 2014 9:38 pm

    Congratulations, Sister! I am in awe of all your many accomplishments and years of service to our Lord. I feel honored and blessed to be able to be a part of your 80th jubilee celebration. My husband, Jeff, sister, Nancy and I are hitting the road tomorrow to drive to Concordia for the celebration. Can’t wait! See you soon!

    Much Love,

  4. Sam Slough on May 10th, 2014 8:13 am

    I loved reading your Bio. You really did a lot of traveling! As a child I remember your consummate ability to tell stories and relate tome and my siblings. You sense of humor is one of the attributes I will always remember and cherish. I always looked forward to you visits.

    Your bio failed to mention your ability to comprehend math. I first learn of the term Topology from you, I must admit to this day I am extremely impressed. Congratulations on you 80 years as a CSJ. I look forward to visiting with you in June. Thank you for being so caring.
    Your other loving nephew,

  5. John Slough on May 8th, 2014 1:26 pm

    Congratulations SAB, you have lived a truly wonderful life. I have only known you for a short 62 years, but in that time I have grown to love you and your unique, fun, and caring spirit. It will be an honor to attend the celebration of your 80th year. I am certainly not alone in this view. My wife Gail, brother Sam, sisters Nancy and Antoinette will also be attending the celebration. I think that there will be several others as well. We are all very excited to see you.
    Your loving nephew

  6. Judy Kaider Dreyer on February 19th, 2014 3:06 pm

    Dear Sister Agnes Bernita,

    How wonderful for you! Eighty years is a long time to be productive and you look so happy and healthy. Congratulations to the nicest Sister I ever had at St. Joseph & St. Anne’s grammar school in Chicago in the 7th grade, probable around 1957. You are amazing! I know God has been with you and I’m sure a glorious guardian angel was always at your side.

    Certainly a pleasant surprise!

    All my best wishes

    Judy Dreyer

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