Sister Mary Savoie — on her 70th Jubilee

December 15, 2016 by

PARENTS: Edmund and Lucy Savoie
HOMETOWN: Rudyard, Mich.

Marymount College, Salina (bachelor’s degree in nursing); St. Louis (Mo.) University (master’s in nursing education); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (master’s in public health education); Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (doctoral degree in adult education)

1958-1976 Professor of medical/surgical nursing and public health nursing, Marymount College, Salina
1981-1983 Facilitating “Life Planning” workshops throughout the US and Canada
1983-1987 President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia
1988-1993 Coordinator for US Volunteer Program, based in Kansas City, Mo.
1993-2014 Volunteer, working with Catholic Sisters in Eastern Europe
2014-present In Belleville, Kan., working with Republic County Health Department on Chronic Disease Risk Reduction program and serving on the Republic County Ministerial Association and hospice chaplain


I know myself most alive in fulfilling the mission and purpose of the congregation when I am involved in bringing people together for collaborative and participative praying, sharing, planning and implementing services for struggling individuals and families. And, thanks to God and my community, most of my ministry experiences during my 70 years as a Sister of St. Joseph have allowed me to provide those types of services, both here in the U.S. and in several other countries.

During the middle years of my life, the ministry that connected with me most deeply and profoundly was ministering among Sisters in Eastern Europe following their 45 years of communist oppression. This experience taught me that a public commitment to live life in community as a vowed religious demands deep faith that God never abandons us, no matter the external circumstances of life. It also confirmed the global connection we have as women religious. As a Sister in Romania said to Sister Margaret Nacke and me, “If you have come here to help us, you are wasting your time; but, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with ours, then let us work together.”

It is difficult to capture the gratitude that fills my heart as I celebrate 70 years of life and ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph. Being rooted in a faith-based family and community has kept me grounded in gospel values. Intentionally transitioning through life has kept me focused on the meaning of being a woman religious and the truth that the spiritual quest in me is what gives my life and relationships meaning.

It is indeed that God-quest that keeps me highly motivated about ministry, especially among people caught in the net of poverty and struggling for justice in their lives.

I am deeply grateful to God, my family and friends, and my community for accompanying me and supporting me during these past 70 years.


8 Responses to “Sister Mary Savoie — on her 70th Jubilee”

  1. Ken Savoie on June 6th, 2017 3:09 pm

    Dear Sr. Mary,
    Congratulations on your 70th anniversary! What a blessing it is to have you part of our family. Your grace, compassion and humility in light of your accomplishments are truly amazing . Thank you for all you have offered in service to the world.
    With our love,
    Ken, Cathy, Lily and Michael Savoie

  2. Rick Butler on June 3rd, 2017 12:28 pm

    Sr mary, congratulations and thanks for all you do to help this world be a better place.

  3. Roger Savoie on June 3rd, 2017 6:54 am

    Congratulations Sr Mary,
    So proud of your many years of service to our Lord and your many accomplishments in life. Proud to call you my Aunt. Enjoy the celebration.
    Love always, nephew Roger

  4. Laura Starrs on June 2nd, 2017 10:30 pm

    I love you Sr. Mary!
    WOW is all I can say! Your love for Christ and his people is so apparent and such an inspiration! You are so beautiful, inside and out! See you soon!XO

  5. Tom Savoie on June 2nd, 2017 12:57 pm

    I love you, Sr. Mary, and am so proud of your many, many accomplishments. May God continue to bless you and to bless the lives of those whose journeys cross your path. Congratulations!
    Much love always, nephew Tom ❤️

  6. Sandy Balbo on June 2nd, 2017 12:04 pm

    Hi Sister Mary!
    What a great accomplishment, celebrating 70 years of devoted service! I’m so proud to call you my aunt! Love you!

  7. Mary Beth Bergeron on June 1st, 2017 9:27 pm

    Hello, Sister Mary–

    I am from Gladstone and attended All Saints in the 1960s. I am so grateful to the wonderful sisters who served our parish and school–these women made a great impression on me as a young girl. Some years ago, I started receiving the newsletter of our order and have very much enjoyed following the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph. My maiden name is LeGault–my grandmother was Regina Royer from Rudyard. My father was Arthur and his sisters, my aunts Irene and Janet have told me they knew Sister Francis Alma and you as youngsters. Your life and message are most inspiring. Congratulations on your 70th Jubilee and God bless you! Mary Beth

  8. Peter Savoie on May 29th, 2017 9:42 am

    I love you Sr Mary (Leona Savoie, my sister) and after reading your story makes me feel even more proud of you than I was before. Looking forward to spending time with you on June 11th as we celebrate your 70’th anaversary —espically realizing I was there with our Mom and Dad on March 19th, 1947.

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