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 Vera Meis

60 Years

I would not trade the last 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph for anything. I’ve been so blessed.
I grew up in a strong Catholic family, which taught me to appreciate my faith.
I met Sister St. John, who radiated joy, when I attended Marymount College. I wondered what made her so happy. Could it be that she was a Sister? While looking at relationships, I decided that marriage was not the route I wanted to take. I was searching for the “perfect one.”
After college, I attended a spiritual mission. The priest mentioned that God was calling enough people to be priests and sisters, but some were not listening. I asked myself, “Could it be that God is calling me?” As I prayed about my life, I felt called to religious life. I prayed for direction in knowing God’s will for me. I asked myself, “When am I the most happy?” I found that I was most at peace and happy when I was visiting the sick, praying with those who are in grief, and helping people deal with life’s questions, their joys and struggles. I knew I could do this as a Sister. So, I decided to enter the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia.
It was here that I felt so at home at the place where I said “yes” to the love of my life, Jesus, the “perfect one” who filled my life with joy.
My passion has always been to deepen my relationship with the Lord and to try to model my life after his. I’ve been blessed to make 30-day retreats that helped prepare me for the ministry of teaching, serving as a chaplain at Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, as a member of the Leadership Team of our congregation, and as a pastoral minister.
Some of the unique joys I’ve had in my ministry were being on a pastoral team that started Resurrection Parish in Grand Island, helping to start a new Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Parker, Co, and being hired as a pastoral Minister at St. Theresa’s Parish in Mitchell, Neb., as well as at St. Agnes Parish in Scottsbluff, Neb. To walk with people dealing with life’s joys, sorrows, struggles, and questions is a great honor and privilege for which I am most grateful.
I loved my ministry in Nebraska and continue to be inspired by the people in Mitchell and Scottsbluff, who keep me informed about the progress of their parishes. A call from them is like receiving a call from home.
Thank you to all who have touched my life.