Sister Ramona Medina — on her 60th Jubilee
PARENTS: Juan and Celina Medina
HOMETOWN: La Jara, Colo.
RECEIVED INTO CONGREGATION: Benedictines June 11, 1955; Sisters of St. Joseph Nov. 15, 1977
Mount St. Scholastica College, Atchison, Kan. (bachelor’s degree in education); University of Kansas (bachelor’s in occupational therapy)
1955-1977 Primary teacher in various schools
1978 Transferred to Nazareth Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph from the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison
1992-1999 Developing occupational therapy departments in various hospitals and nursing homes in Florida and in Kansas City, Onaga, Ellsworth and McPherson, Kan.
1999-2008 Regional coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia
2009-today Founding co-director of Neighbor to Neighbor, a day center for women in Concordia
God has led me in various directions during my life. My first vocational call led me to the Benedictine Sisters in Atchison, Kan., where I enjoyed teaching primary grades for many years.
After 19 years I discerned that the monastic life was not nurturing my spirituality and gifts. Instead, I was drawn to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia as the charism and mission were compatible to my own.
As I reflect on my 60 years as a woman religious, there have been several ministries that have graced my life. I received a degree in occupational therapy that enabled me to help people with pyshical disabilities. I enjoyed this ministry and the people I worked with and served.
After 17 years, I was elected to the Leadership Council of our congregation and served in that capacity for nine years. I appreciated being able to relate to the sisters in our community in a personal way, as well as being involved in planning for the future of the community.
My current ministry at Neighbor to Neighbor in Concordia has been one of my most enjoyable.
It is a day center for women and young children. Women come for companionship and support from one another and from the stsaff. They also have the opportunity to learn new skills such as baking, crocheting, knitting, painting and attend exercise class. The children also enjoy coming to play in a well equipped playroom.
I have a passion for creating beauity whether it is in painting, lacemaking or crafting, and for teaching others to discover their own creativity.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my gifts by encouraging and teaching the women to develop skills that improve their confidence and self-image.
Our charism of God’s Great Love has been evident to me throughout these 60 years. I am grateful for my family, friends and community for the love and support I have known.
4 thoughts on “Sister Ramona Medina — on her 60th Jubilee”
Thank you for sharing you and the life giving ministry to our dear neighbor.. I’ve been thinking of you and I’m gracious for the directory of US.
Blessings and prayers across the miles and years.
Peace, Sr. Bonita (Nazareth),
Dear Sister Ramona,
Recently I received a small card with a painting of yours. #330 Oil Painting. A beautiful picture of small iris I believe. I received this card as a thank you after I gave a talk on Biospiritual Focusing to a group of our Chestnut Hill college kids. At the end of the talk I read to the students a poem I had written called the Intricacies of a Purple Weed.
I am writing because I wondered if you had more of this painting? I would be glad to send you a copy of the poem if you let me know where to send it. You might then know how much it seems to fit with your painting.
I am a Sister of Sant Joseph of Philadelphia.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and congratulations.
Congratulations! May God bless you with love and happiness.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVING SERVICE……sent with love, prayerful hugs and blessings!