May 10, 2024

A Sacrament of Awe

It was much colder than we had anticipated one day in mid-March but that did not slow our resolve as we entered the Manhattan Marsh Preserve. My companion and I were on the fifth in a series of adventures created to provide full-sensed experiences through nature, music, and the arts. In the marsh, our hope was to find music in nature and allow for moments of awe, wonder and calm.
December 31, 2021

Sister Laureen Marie Painter, OSF

Sister Laureen spent the first eight years of her ministry teaching Junior High in Louisiana, Maryland, and Ohio. Other ministries included Associate Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Toledo, SOSF Co-Director of Associates, Director of Chiara Center, and teaching Franciscan Studies at Lourdes College until she moved into healthcare administration. After earning a degree in health and hospital administration in 1993, Sister served as the VP of Emergency Services and Women and Children Services at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, LA until 1998 when she became the CEO of CHRISTUS Health North Central Louisiana until 2005. In 2005 she transferred to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, IN as the Vice President for Mission Integration, Community Outreach, Ethics, and the Center for Spiritual Care until 2019. Sister currently serves a certified End-of-life Doula and volunteer at the Commons of Providence in Sandusky, Ohio. A favorite reflection: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers that cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them --- and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
December 29, 2020

Sister Margaret Metro, OSF

Sister Margaret taught in grades 2-8 and especially enjoyed teaching music to the students.  She had a lovely voice and played the guitar and used her musical talents, along with those of her two sisters, in teaching and at liturgies.  The trio was quite a treat when they did get together to perform songs and hymns at community meetings and celebrations.