Wednesday, July 24, 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 Margaret Nacke

70 Years

Romans 11:29-36 “The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”
Religious life is a call to a specific way of life, and, as in any call, a response may be accepted or rejected. My response to entering religious life as a young college student 70 years ago has been right for me. From the early days of formation, education, and service, each day has presented challenges and opportunities for growth. These opportunities for growth have continued, whatever my age. Vatican II changed many of the ways in which we Sisters lived. From teaching in local schools and milieus, Vatican II opened my life to a world view of church and societies, putting me into contact with other women religious who also committed to the same or similar spiritual life. Work in Eastern Europe, collaborating with Latin and Eastern Rite Sisters provided experiences with Eastern rite liturgies and religious life as lived with “the second lung of our church” as the pope would say.
The freedom I have had in this congregation to respond to needs and develop talents has been a gift. Support from Sisters with whom I have lived stands as a testament to the importance of community in strengthening my endeavors and knowing that I am not alone. It also witnesses to the generosity of sisters caring for one another, which I experienced on every mission. I refer to Sisters in my congregation, but the support also from sisters with whom I have worked in other parts of the world as we partner toward implementing common goals. The commitment to vows and a certain way of life connects us wherever we are. The older I get, the more I realize the power of our “international links” in working together and, in some small way, bettering the globe.
I am awed at the work Sisters in my congregation have done and grateful to know that we, Sisters of St Joseph, are part of a global community, a group of women given to addressing issues of great importance for humanity. I may be on different soil, speak a language and live in a culture strange to many, but I am connected by a commitment all of us have made. It is an irrevocable gift given and accepted by thousands over centuries.