Sister Loretta Clare Flax

January 7, 2013 by

BIRTH NAME: Magdalena Flax
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister Loretta Clare
PARENTS: Paul and Martha Flax
HOMETOWN: Ellis, Kan.
RECEIVED INTO CONGREGATION: March 19, 1953
EDUCATION:
Certificate for nursing aide, Cloud County Community College, Concordia; certificates for adult care home aide, medication aide and rehabilitative aide, Barton County Community College, Great Bend, Kan.
MISSIONS:
1954-65  Coordinator of housekeeping in convents, Concordia
1965-67  Housekeeping supervisor for three buildings, Marymount College, Salina
1967-68  Assistant kitchen supervisor and bakery coordinator, Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia
1969-70  Housekeeping coordinator, St. Mary Convent, Grand Island, Neb.
1983-85  Ministry to the elderly, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays, Kan.
1985-2009  Nursing and rehabilitative aide, serving variously with St. John’s Nursing Home, St. Elizabeth Home Health, Medstaff Home Health and St. John Assisted Living, all in Hays.
2010-present  Parish nurse, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

As you look back on your years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, what experience or event best captures what your religious life has meant to you (and why)?

As I reflect on my life of 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, I am most grateful for having the experience of a 30-day retreat. It embodied the living experience of our charism and love for others.

This retreat deepened my spiritual life to know who I was and what I have known as the call to work and minister among the elderly and the dying in hospice, home health and pastoral ministry. The blessing and abundance I have known from these ministries far exceed what I have been able to give.

I continue to know the call of being a good listener and am able to bring comfort to those who are ill and need an encouraging word. I love working with my hands and creating something beautiful.

My gratitude goes to my parents and family for my vocation and their support and to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and all my friends and co-workers who have helped me with my spiritual life and ministry. I love my call to do these works for Jesus and I like to be able to help others to reach their call.

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