Sister Vera Meis — 50 years

December 31, 2013 by

web-VERA-MEIS-New-doc156-copyPARENTS: William and Elizabeth Schmidt Meis
HOMETOWN: Weskan and Jamestown, Kan.
RECEIVED INTO CONGREGATION: Aug. 15, 1964
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister Rose Victor
EDUCATION:
Marymount College, Salina (bachelor’s degree in theology); Loretta Heights College, Denver (certificate in pastoral ministry); Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Norton, Kan. (certificate in chemical dependency chaplaincy); Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio
MISSIONS:
1966-1972    All Saints School, Gladstone, Mich., teaching
1973-1977    Grand Island, Neb., pastoral ministry
1977-1989    Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Norton, Kan., chaplain
1989-1995    Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Parker, Colo., director of chaplains
1995-1999    Regional coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia
2000-present   St. Agnes Parish, Scottsbluff, Neb., pastoral minister

I would not trade the last 50 years as a Sister of St. Joseph for anything. I’ve been so blessed.

I grew up in a strong Catholic family who taught me to appreciate my faith.

When I attended Marymount College, I met Sister St. John who radiated joy. I wondered what made her so happy. Could it be that she was a Sister? I was blessed to date several great guys and had three proposals of marriage, yet I kept looking around 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?

I reviewed my life and found that I was most at peace and happy when I was praying, teaching others about God or helping another person. 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 and the place 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.

Two of the special joys I’ve had in my ministry were being on a pastoral team that started Resurrection Parish in Grand Island, Neb., and helping to start a new Valley Hope Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Parker, Colo.

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.

Thank you to all who have touched my life.

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2 Responses to “Sister Vera Meis — 50 years”

  1. Janice Huber on June 13th, 2020 4:44 pm

    My husband Mick and I were privileged to have Sister Vera as our Chaplain in Norton Valley Hope and I still remember some of her sayings and kind words when we were there. Mick has gone on to his next journey with the Lord and I’m so thankful he was successful in his recovery and knew where he was going. He sure thought a lot of Sister Vera and I’m thankful for all her love and support!
    Blessings.
    Janice Huber

  2. Anita Ames on November 2nd, 2014 11:37 am

    It has been an extreme pleasure to know Sister Vera. I can’t say enough how much my mom, my aunt and I have appreciated her visits. It was very comforting to have her here during my aunt’s final hours. Her sincere, genuine friendship has meant a lot. We will miss her, since we’re moving to Colorado. I will always remember her and how kind she has been.
    We love you, Sister! God bless you!
    Anita & family

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