Sister Janet LeDuc – on her 50th Jubilee

December 16, 2015 by

Sister Janet LeDuc

Sister Janet LeDuc

PARENTS: Leo and Mae Couture LeDuc
HOMETOWN: Jamestown, Kan.
RECEIVED INTO CONGREGATION: Aug. 14, 1966
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister Carol Anne
EDUCATION: Marymount College, Salina (nursing); St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona (bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies and master’s studies in theology, ecclesiology and pastoral counseling; certified chaplain with NACC since 1978; completed educational requirements for Licensed Practical Nursing in Kansas and Missouri; certifications as a counselor and spiritual director
MISSIONS:

  • 1969-1972 St. John’s Hospital, Salina; staff nurse
  • 1972-1975 St. Joseph Hospital, El Paso, Texas; nurse
  • 1975-1978 St. John’s Hospital, Salina; medical-surgical staff nurse
  • 1978-1980 St. Mary’s Hospital, Kansas City; chaplain
  • 1980-1988 Guardian Angels Church, Kansas City; pastoral associate
  • 1988-1995 Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Raytown, Mo.; pastoral associate
  • 1995-1997 St. Francis Church, St. Joseph, Mo.; director of evangelization
  • 1997-2000 Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.; hospital chaplain and pastoral care coordinator
  • 2000-2001 Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, Kan; hospital staff chaplain
  • 2001-2003 St. Mary’s Convent, Grand Island, Neb.; community minister and coordinator
  • 2003-2006 Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; hospital staff chaplain and grief support group facilitator
  • 2006-2010 Hays (Kan.) Medical Center; chaplain for staff, hospice team and inpatient rehab
  • 2010-2013 St. Joseph Church, Hays, Kan.; pastoral care and evangelization coordinator
  • 2013-2015 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Goodland, Kan.; pastoral associate
  • November 2015 Motherhouse in Concordia to assist with the needs of the sisters living here

How does one ponder the gift of Jubilee?! How does one express in words the magnificent awareness of deep moments of love… especially the love of God and its manifestations in my life.

I have had so many moments of wonderful, touching and inspirational experiences throughout my life as a Sister of St. Joseph. Each living experience of life and ministry has taken me deeper into finding God in all things.

The journey of faith in religious life is more than believing the right thing or professing the right creed.

It is a commitment to relationships: the relationship of spirituality and the life of action. One feeds off the other with both contributing to the growth in my life between action and contemplation. My life being rooted in prayer and reflection has united me with a real sense of care and compassion. This relationship with God and the neighbor in so many instances has deepened my awareness to find God active each day in surprising unexpected ways.

One early moment was when I made my first directed retreat. The eight days of silence opened a whole new method of prayer to meet the Lord as a true friend to be a companion on my journey in life.

In ministry to the aging in a home, I found a woman confined to bed with a devoted husband at her side. I connected them with agencies that brought mobility to her.

One Saturday at Church I was helping to distribute Holy Communion with the pastor. Among those approaching to receive was this woman along with her spouse. I was filled with joy and surprise.

Later that year they were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends with a reception outside the home.

The Holy Spirit continues to uncover the saving power of God in my own life each day.

There is one truth and strength that sends me forth each day: A deep awareness of God as my rock and best friend to walk with me each day in my personal life and ministry. I praise God for these blessings mentioned among many that have come to me.

 

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