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Sister Marjorie Feuerborn

Joined the SCLs:  1958

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
The Sisters I met in grade school at St. Joseph's in Grand Junction, Colo., and my two aunts, Sister Genevieve Tebedo and Sister Mary Nadine Feuerborn.

Ministries you've loved   
I have been an elementary education teacher for over 50 years, and I still love teaching. 

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
We have been committed to helping young people and still are with Mount Saint Vincent, Cristo Rey High School and the University of Saint Mary.

Your hobbies, other interests
I like to read, listen to music and sing in a choir. I enjoy giving my brothers a hard time.  I enjoy my nieces and nephews.

 

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Sister Michael Delores Allegri

Joined the SCLs:  1962

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
From second grade, I was educated by the SCLs, and I think when I was in second grade I decided that I wanted to be a Sister. Sister Mary Monica Peterson was my second grade teacher, and she along with a whole host of others modeled what I aspired to be. (I remember clearly worrying at that young age that I was almost as tall as Sister Mary Monica yet too young to join the SCLs. I thought if I was too tall I couldn't be a Sister!)

There were several Sisters who inspired me to try to be my best. As I got older, I "researched" many different communities, but none “spoke” to me like the SCLs. When I was in high school, we went to the train station in early August just to "check out" all the different Sisters traveling to their missions.  I was "drawn" to two other communities, The Good Shepherds and Sisters of Social Service, because of their missions, but I think because I “knew" the SCLs, I felt that this was my Community.


Ministries you've loved   
When I entered we were asked to list what we thought our mission should be. I said I would like to teach first grade or work with orphans! So, I taught high school for 23 years, and I loved every bit of it! I was assigned to Billings Central Billings, Montana, my first year and learned a lot. Next, I went to Hayden High in Topeka, Kan. While at Hayden, I began teaching PE, coached girls’ sports and sponsored cheerleaders and pep club while also teaching American problems, religion and English. I was at Hayden for seven years and then went to St. Pius X in Kansas City, Mo. I taught there for three years before going to Bishop Hogan High (my alma mater). I taught, coached and then became building and grounds maintenance person.

And then, I came to Mount Saint Vincent (MSV) in Denver as a house parent for the 8-10 year old boys! I was here for four years, went back to KC and became principal of St. Monica Middle School, and then later principal of St. Monica Elementary School. After seven years, I returned to MSV to help out in the housekeeping, kitchen, purchasing, etc. At this time, I also became a foster parent. In recent years, I have worked part-time at MSV and the Kempe Center, served as president of the Colorado State Foster Parent Association and had foster children living with me. The question asked was to talk about our favorite ministry. I have loved all of these assignments, some more than others, but I believe that each one readied me for the next! I don't think I would trade any of them


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being an SCL is a privilege that I am becoming more appreciative of each year!  I love our Community. I think we are right where we are supposed to be, not that we're perfect, but I think we are very blessed. We are not the "avant-garde,” nor are we the laggers. We are steady; we are true to our charism, mission and vision; and we are making a difference.We have been blessed with leaders who recognize the gifts and talents of each Sister and who allow us to pursue our missions, our calling, as we see fit. We do not have to "fit" into set categories.

Your hobbies, other interests
I like to read Mary Higgins Clark, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, James Patterson and Nora Roberts.  

 

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Sister Pat Johannsen

Joined the SCLs:  1966

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I feel it was the influence of my family and especially my rootedness in the land. My Dad was a farmer. Also, I had very interested and involved Sisters as teachers in grade school. They were Dominicans but in general nurtured a vocation.

Ministries you've loved   
I've had many ministries, but the ones I've loved the most are ones where I've been involved in working with young people. They are challenging but offer hope for the future.(Sister Pat currently ministers in South Sudan where she trains teachers.)

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
What's special about being an SCL is working with women who share dedication to God and the people of God – the sense of all being in this together.

 

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Sister Victoria Ann Lichtenauer

Joined the SCLs:  1996

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Both my family and friends were very influential. My family taught me about love of neighbor and the beauty of volunteer service at a very young age.


Ministries you've loved   
Working as a campus minister both at the University of Kansas and at Cristo Rey Kansas City High School. It is a delight to journey with young people as they explore and deepen their relationship with God and self-knowledge.


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
We are a group of women that walk the walk and talk the talk. We take our vows seriously as we strive to be aware of and involved in our local and global world.  We use our individual and communal talents and resources to try to bring light to this world. 


Your hobbies, other interests
I enjoy being outside, water sports, quilting, spending time with my nieces and nephews, and just being silly and laughing with my friends.


 

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Sister Donna Lynn Casey

Joined the SCLs:  1956

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
At Cathedral High School, Helena, Mont., I met Sister Mary Dolorita Flynn who assisted me in enrolling at Saint Mary College (now the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.), and I became more aware of my vocation through my work and study at Saint Mary.


Ministries you've loved   
I've loved education, both teaching and working with faculty as a principal. My work in health care leadership was so compelling, challenging and growth-filled as I learned the many aspects of providing a healing presence, reflective of Gospel values as taught by Christ, to our physicians, staff and patients/families. Now as a chancellor for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Mont., I find the challenges of leadership in the Catholic Church in these times requires a prophetic voice; a prayerful, discerning and encouraging support to those in parish ministry; and an opportunity to live the consecrated life more fully in faith.


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being an SCL has provided the support and challenge of other SCLs to discover Christ in ever new and unknown faces and places. My intentional community of SCLs, even when living alone, has been part of an intentional community to be connected in service, support and prayer.


Your hobbies, other interests
I love watercolor painting and enjoy music.


 

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