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Sister Amy Willcott

Joined the SCLs:  1983

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I really got to know the SCLs when I was at Immaculata High School. Even before they were “official” vocation directors, Sisters Noreen Walter and Linda Roth invited me to think about religious life.  That invitation deepened while I was in college, again with positive relationships and admiration for the SCLs at University of Saint Mary, and I entered right after college.

Ministries you've loved   
I loved working with the Foster Grandparents at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.  I found that to be very life-giving, and one of my favorite ministries.  And, I love Mount Saint Vincent -- these kids are incredible.  (Sister Amy is executive director of Mount Saint Vincent.)  

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
In my current role at Mount St. Vincent, what is special about being a Sister of Charity is that I am a part of the Sisters who have served this special ministry for 130 years.  And I get to be a part of caring for these children and shaping the future for this important ministry.

Your hobbies, other interests
I love to watch sports, read, cook and head to the mountains.

 

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Sister Bernadette Helfert

Joined the SCLs:  1957

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Sisters who taught me at St. Ann's Grade School in East Helena and at Cathedral High in Helena. Sister Mary William was my fifth grade teacher. She had a great sense of humor and used to say to us, "I'll come back and haunt you if some of you don't become priests and sisters!" Three of us obliged! The Sisters in high school were fun and joyful. Sister Dorothy Hanly, Sister Dolorita Flynn and Sister Camilla Montgomery were greatly influential in my life. Sister Camilla was a welcome sight as the "postulant mistress" when I entered the Community.

Ministries you've loved   
I have found joy and satisfaction in all of the varied ministries in which I was engaged: teacher, principal, school consultant, service on the SCL Community Council, pastoral administrator in a rural area, regional vice president of mission for the SCL Montana hospitals; and director of mission and ministry at St. Labre Indian School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. One time when I was appointed to a new ministry, it was Sister Camilla, again, who gave sage advice: "Well dear, be glad. This position will just train you for the next you take on."

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Together, we are "gifted" in ways beyond our imagination. Our giftedness ignites a "can do, positive attitude," giving energy and excellence to the ministry and tasks at hand.

Your hobbies, other interests
In the spring, my passion is gardening and beautifying the yard; in summer, it's camping; in all seasons, it's photography and cooking a good meal for friends.

 

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Sister Jane Jackson

Joined the SCLs:  1960

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Sisters I met in grade school and high school.

Ministries you've loved   
I love teaching!

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
We are committed to lives of service and community.

Your hobbies, other interests
I like to read, fish and play bridge.

 

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Sister Janice Steiger

Joined the SCLs:  1958

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I don't really feel like anyone special influenced me, except God. I did work as a nurse’s aide at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, and I surely watched the Sisters.

Ministries you've loved   
The ministry that I especially liked was the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) during my parish ministry days.  I also enjoy the elders to whom I ministered in later years.

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being a Sister of Charity is special to me because humility, simplicity and charity are virtues that fit me and that I like even if I'm not always practicing them.

Your hobbies, other interests
My hobbies are gardening and walking. I love the outdoors. "You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl."

 

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Sister Mary Julitta Doerhoff

Joined the SCLs:  1949

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I was probably influenced by my devout family who had relatives who were religious, but I feel the Sisters who came each summer for Vacation (Bible) School had a greater influence in the long run. When I was beginning second grade, I had a ruptured appendix and was cared for by the Sisters in the hospital, and I wanted to be like them when I “grew up.”  I never met an SCL until the day I entered the Community.



Ministries you've loved   
I spent my ministry years in elementary education teaching junior high math and religion and as principal for many years. I enjoyed working with young people and helping teachers to work with them, too. My years in administration were special ones. After returning from my sabbatical, I was asked to help in the Health Fund Office, and I have been there ever since. 

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
I feel being a Sister of Charity is special! I like being committed to love God and being able to serve God’s people in special ways.The SCLs are a happy, joyful group of Gospel-centered women!

Your hobbies, other interests
I have many hobbies and interests. Some of them are all kinds of needlework like tatting, crocheting, knitting, broomstick and hairpin lace. I enjoy reading but am finding it more difficult for me as my sight becomes more impaired. Cooking and baking were special activities when I was still on my school missions.

 

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