Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Postulant Sarah shares about her recent mission experience in Marquette, MI and Green Bay, WI.
Thinking that the winter was finally over and that I wouldn’t be seeing snow until next fall, I headed up to Marquette, Michigan, right after I finished my freshman year in college. This was my “mission experience” as a postulant, and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was ready for anything and everything. Feeling like summer had finally begun, I have to admit that I was disappointed to see piles of snow and a frozen lake as we got closer to Marquette.
But, despite the partly-frozen landscape, the weather turned out to be very pleasant—there was even a day when I didn’t need my jacket, for the first time in what seemed like forever! During my time in Michigan, I had a variety of experiences with the Sisters who live and work there. This included helping Sisters Colleen Sweeting and Marcelyn Gervais with a volunteer dinner at St. Christopher’s, going on Communion calls with Sister Colleen, sorting shoes for the poor with Sister Ludmilla Gramann, and visiting the sick with Sister Margie Schmelzle. As a true mission experience, I essentially lived out of my suitcase and moved back and forth between three different houses throughout the week.
Next, I was off to Green Bay to spend time with the Sisters at St. Agnes. I visited the hospitals with Sister Dorothy Wagner, went to school and listened to first graders read, helped Notre Dame Academy students with a presentation on St. Francis and religious life, helped Sister Jackie Spaniola and her co-workers at the Green Bay Diocesan Office, went grocery shopping with Sister Ann Carla Baumann, and even cooked a meal for everyone! We spent our nights playing a variety of card games, including Garbage, Phase 10, 3-15, 2000, and Cribbage—a great way to end the day!
I had a wonderful time on my mission experience and was inspired by the hard and dedicated work of all of the Sisters in the places I visited. It was also nice to have a change in pace, as the life of the Sisters on mission is very different from life at our Motherhouse. I am so thankful that I was able to have a variety of experiences as well as learn and try many new things. I’m thankful for the time I shared with the Sisters and for every chance I had to grow as a person. I’ll take the best of them with me, and lead by their example wherever I go. To Sr. Colleen, Sr. Marcelyn, Sr. Ludmilla, Sr. Margie, Sr. Dorothy, Sr. Mercita, Sr. Ann Carla, and Sr. Jackie: thank you for everything and may God bless you always. You are an inspiration and blessing to all those around you.