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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

Year of PeaceYOP columns

April 5, 2013: ‘Unsung heroes’ hold community together, by Sister Jean Rosemarynoski

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski

Unsung heroes… In Concordia we are blessed to have an abundance of unsung heroes! In fact, I cannot go through a day without encountering them — and I suspect that’s true for you also.

Our fire fighters and paramedics are caring, compassionate and competent. I have been in several situations in which an ambulance was called and their professionalism is superb!

Our medical providers and hospital personnel are among the finest anywhere. And they handle unique challenges such as efficiently providing services in locations throughout the county all while keeping focused on patient-centered care.

We can be exceedingly proud of our educators and school administrators at USD 333 and Cloud County Community College. Facing drastic budget cuts yet being asked to do more, they consistently provide an excellent education. They put in long hours because they care about our children and young adults.

Our law enforcement personnel face difficult situations regularly. Yet, in spite of hardship to them, they promise to protect us – people they often do not know and may never meet.

Our elected officials and volunteer governing boards give long hours, often with no thanks, because they believe in us all. They give of themselves because they have a vision and a hope for the future.

We have numerous nonprofit organizations providing a wide array of necessary services helping to improve our quality of life. Their employees are often underpaid and they rely on the goodness of dozens of volunteers to carry out their missions.

There are people in our retail stores who go the extra mile to assist us. Meeting the public is not always easy but they greet us warmly anyway and see that our needs are met.

Our young people are often unsung heroes – reaching out to new students, being involved in service clubs, applying themselves to their studies while often juggling sports, family obligations and part-time jobs.

Concordia has military personnel and government workers. They serve willingly and ably even when facing government cutbacks or changes. They help protect our freedom and ensure our rights.

This list could go on… and it should, to include those who are retired, disabled, parents, ministers and so many others. But the main thrust of this article is to salute everyone who goes about our day quietly doing what needs to be done, looking out for one another and trying to make our small corner of the world a better place.

These are the people who hold our community together. They are everyday heroes giving back to the community and the people around them. Noted Buddhist teacher and author Pema Chödrön says, “We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.”

That’s why I say, and I think it may be your experience also, that I can’t go through a day without encountering Concordia’s own abundance of unsung heroes. A big thank you to us all!


  — Sister Jean Rosemarynoski is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph and chairs the Concordia Year of Peace Committee. If you have ideas or suggestions for the committee or want to get involved with the Year of Peace, contact Sister Jean at 243-2149 or, or any of the other committee members.




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