Sister MaryAnn Flax — 60 years

December 31, 2013 by

web-MaryAnnFlax-rescanned-2-copyPARENTS: Godfrey and Catherine Weber Flax
HOMETOWN: Arnold and Ransom, Kan.
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister Corona Marie
Marymount College; Seattle University (master’s degree in religious education); Loyola University, Chicago (pastoral ministry)
1958-1961   Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s, Salina, Kan., teaching junior high.
1961-1964   St. Mary’s Academy, Silver City, N.M., principal and teacher.
1964-1967   Public school in Aurora, Kan., school administrator and junior high teacher.
1967-1970   Western Kansas religious education coordinator
1970-1977   Catechist training for all parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver (living in Glenwood Springs)
1977-1990   Coordinator of faith formation for two deaneries; continued catechist training for the Archdiocese of Denver (living in Craig, Colo.)
1990-2003   Diocesan Regional Coordinator (living in Craig & Steamboat)
2004-present   St. Ann’s Parish, Lexington, Neb.; pastoral minister

I am so grateful for my call to join the Sisters of St. Joseph. I experienced women of prayer, joy, generosity and a  great love of God and neighbor.

A few years after I entered, an editor of a weekly newspaper interviewed me. He asked about my life as a Sister. I remember saying that a call to religious life was a vocation. That was reported in the newspaper as: “The life of Sister MaryAnn is a vacation.” Yes, my life has been a vacation with God and so many dear neighbors.

I am deeply indebted to my spiritual directors — especially two wise and holy men who were Cistercian monks , Father Thomas Keating and Father Theophane Boyd. Through their mentoring, I came to know that a deep sense of wonder, awe, joy, gratitude and service flow from a holy space, a holy stance, and a holy exchange.

So my vacation with God and the dear neighbors has been and is an unforgettable one.

Where have we been on vacation and what did we experience and encounter? Come and see…..

I hold in awe and appreciation the educational opportunities that have been such a gift. I mention our former Marymount College, Seattle University, Kansas State and Loyola University in Chicago. The staffs of these institutions helped to prepare me for several ministries during the last 60 years.

I hold in wonder and appreciation the schools Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s in Salina. Here I discovered the joy of teaching, and in the schools and communities of Silver City, N.M., and Aurora, Kan., I developed my administrative skills. It was in Aurora that I initiated the parish singalongs. (What a blast!).

I hold in wonder and gratitude the faith communities of Hoxie, Seguin, Grainfield and Grinnell for the privilege of serving as a religious educator. What a joy to share the Good News with all ages. I also learned how to bowl here. (Trophies to prove it all.)

I hold in appreciation the faith communities of Northwestern Colorado where I was privileged to serve as a coordinator of evangelization and catechesis. I was also privileged to provide pastoral leadership in a number of faith communities. Yes, the mountains and people I did love.

Presently, I am serving as a pastoral minister in Lexington, Neb. What a joy to teach RCIA and other Scripture classes and coordinate and participate in the many and needed outreach programs in this multicultural community. Our community is a miniature world that I am so privileged to serve.

Rejoice, for awesome has been our vacation. Special thanks to God, family, Sisters and co-travelers and vacationers.


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