Sisters welcome Oklahoma woman into candidacy

After juggling work and travel schedules, a woman from Norman, Okla., was  welcomed into the Sisters of St. Joseph at the start of the Fourth of July weekend.

Mary Lou Sullivan was introduced to the sisters at the Motherhouse Thursday afternoon (July 3) as the newest candidate for membership in the Concordia-based community of women religious.

Mary Jo Sullivan
Mary Jo Sullivan

Mary Jo grew up in Herington, Kan., and was taught by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Concordia. She later attended Marymount College and worked in chemical dependency units in hospitals operated by the sisters in Salina, Kan., and Moore, Okla. She completed her counseling degree and works as a clinical supervisor of an intensive outpatient alcohol and drug program in Norman. Her mentors during her candidacy are Sisters Carolyn Teter and Ramona Medina.

Mary Jo came to the Weekend of Exploration in April, during which sisters welcomed women who wanted to know more about the congregation, our charism and our history. But her work schedule did not permit her to attend the June Assembly, when candidates are typically received into the community.
She joins Sharon Bolton, who was received into the community as a candidate in June. For more on her, CLICK HERE.
Together they bring to eight the number of candidates who are currently in the process of deciding if they are called to religious life with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.


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