Sister Veronica Ann Baxa, in Minneapolis, Kan.

April 14, 2009 by

(Published Jan. 16, 2009)

I moved to Minneapolis, Kansas in 1990 from Clyde, Kansas where I had been for two years. Before that I was at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Concordia where I worked for twenty-three years until August 15, 1988.

I am presently ministering at the Good Samaritan Society Minneapolis Nursing Home in Minneapolis, Kansas working in the inventory control department for the nursing staff. I order the medical and nursing supplies needed to take care of our residents.

The system of ordering has been updated over the years. At first all ordering was done by telephone. Then we went to bar-coding items which was also done with the telephone. Now ordering is done on the computer. You have to keep learning to keep up with the times!

The staff and residents are happy when I make sure they have the supplies they need and I am happy to serve them in this way. Seeing their gratitude gives me great joy.

We try to make our home very much like their own home for the residents. When I come to work in the morning they are ready to greet me with smiles and a “Good Morning” welcome. I am eager to greet them back and ready to be of service for them for another day. My Christian faith calls me to empty myself in service for those in need. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do that for these dear residents.

When a resident passes away I conduct a bedside memorial service. This helps the staff to deal with the death of a resident. It is a privilege to be able to help us all through these sorrowful times and to share my faith in the risen Christ.

I am also a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish where I am in the adult choir. When our organist is away on a Sunday I take care of the music for our Sunday Liturgy. I am also Eucharistic Minister and belong to the Council of Catholic Women. I have previously been a member of our parish council.

God has been so good to me over the years. I enjoy living in Minneapolis and treasure the people I have met. In 2010, I will have been a Sister of St. Joseph for fifty years. I am grateful that God called me to this vocation. It has brought me much joy and peace!

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