Saturday, June 15, 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

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Sister Loretta Clare Flax

PARENTS: Paul & Martha Flax
HOMETOWN: Ellis, Kansas
RECEIVED INTO CONGREGATION: March 19, 1953
EDUCATION: G.E.D. Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia.
Certificates: 1981 – Nurses Aide Training, CCCC; 1985 – Adult Care Home Aide; 1986 – Home Health Aide; 1988 – Medication Aide; 1990 – Rehabilitation Aide, Barton Co. Community College.
Many hours of continued, ongoing education!
MISSIONS: 1954-1965 – Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Convent, Coordinator of housekeeping in convents
1965-1967 – Marymount College, Salina, Supervisor of housekeeping of 3 buildings
1967-1983 – Nazareth Motherhouse, assistant supervisor of kitchen & coordinator of bakery
1969-1970 – St. Mary’s Convent, Grand Island, coordinator of housekeeping of 24 bedroom convent, babysitting occasionally
1983-1985 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays, ministry to the elderly
1985-1992 – St. John’s Nursing Home, Hays, CNA/CMA/C Rehabilitation Aide
1987-1992 – St. John Assisted Living, Hays, CNA/CMA/Rehabilitation Aide
1987-1992 – St. Elizabeth Home Health, Hays, CNA/CMA/Rehabilitation Aide
1992-1995 – Medstaff Home Health, Hays, CNA/CMA/Chha/Rehabilitation Aide in homes
1987-2009 – St. John Assisted living, Hays, CNA/CMA/Rehabilitation Aide
2010-2021 – Senior Company Program, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays, Parish Nurse, Ministry
2011-2021 – Haysmed Center Hospital, Ministry, Catholic Chaplain

Celebrating 70 Years

As I reflect on it, a seventieth Jubilee is really a time to give thanks. I thought that my seventieth birthday was a big benchmark for my life.
I was still working in Hays, Kansas. Those were forty of the most fulfilling years of my life. Now that I think of it, the first thirty years were most fulfilling, too! What I want to tell you is that I came home to Nazareth after seventy years of being out and about, “Doing my Father’s Business!”
In my seventy years, I have served in many various ministries. I have worked in hospitals and nursing homes on nursing teams, chaplain teams, home visitor teams, parish teams and many times on a “Sister Loretta Team!” Even at the present time I work in Hospice Care.
My life began to change when I made my first seven-day directed retreat and thirty day directed retreat. These two gifts of time changed my life – OH YES! These were days of joy and sorrow which have brought me to a deeper realization of God’s presence in my life and I know He wanted me to share this with His people.
One special experience in my seventy years was very personal. A close relative we called “Tillie” was a hospice client of mine, more dearly loved than most, I suppose. Her husband was living and they had twelve living children. I created an environment in which each of her children could have time alone with their mother to settle any unfinished business, good or bad. Each of them took advantage of that opportunity and gratefully expressed a deep sense of peace afterwards. We were present when she passed quietly to meet her Savior. I worked with them through the grieving process and celebration of her life!
I came from a family of six children – one brother and 4 sisters. My parents were people of deep faith and trust. My gratitude starts with them. I can never say it to them enough! Thanks goes to my family, my CSJ community, friends and co-workers who touched my life and now rejoice with me on this seventy-year jubilee! I especially want to thank Sisters Mel and Benedicta for encouraging and supporting me in the ministry of nursing.
The purpose of all that I did was to see the face of God in those I met and served and for them to experience the face and touch of God through me! It worked for me and I hope it worked for those in my world!

My prayer is:
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Alleluia, Wow!