by Sr. Mary Thill, OSF
One day as I was walking down the corridor in Regina Hall, the building I work in on our Motherhouse campus, I suddenly pictured myself as one of the older Sisters who roamed these halls years ago when it was the home for the elderly members of our religious community. It was built when I was a Novice and my Novitiate class had the privilege/challenge of moving the Sisters from the
south of campus to their new home in 1962. Most of the Sisters were excited to make the move from their previous room to a brand-new room in a building that had an elevator, (they had not needed one before this), and a building that was closer to the newly constructed Chapel and dining hall. It was quite an adjustment for them and they seemed pleased to finally get settled into a new home, different schedule, and a new atmosphere now located on the north end of campus. It was really quite an adjustment to say the least and they survived it all and many actually thrived!
As I made my walk down the corridor I pictured myself as an elderly Sister walking down the hall and realized that I am an elderly Sister walking down the hall. This did not disturb or surprise me as I grew up, matured, and now am growing old in this beautiful and sacred place that has felt like my home since I was 13. As I look around me and feel the spirit of the many women who have come before me and with whom I have spent almost 65 years in the convent, (2023 will be my Class’s 60th Jubilee of First Profession), I am overwhelmed by the precious memories, the joys and sorrows, the many special events that have taken place here over the years. I could write a book about all these memories, and maybe I will someday, but right now I am only grateful and blessed to be part of this Sylvania Franciscan community of women who continue to be messengers of peace, commit themselves to works that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation. (Mission Statement)