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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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Sister Paula Rose Jauernig

Joined the SCLs:  1961

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Sister Dorothy Harvat influenced me a great deal as well as all the Sisters on campus. As a child I grew up near the Mother House, and so many of the college Sisters were around all the time.  We often went to Sunday Mass with the sisters and that was a great event.

Ministries you've loved   
I have had many ministries, some fun, some hard, best of both worlds was my brief two months at Mount Saint Vincent Home one summer with Sister Francis in the kitchen. I learned more about life, love, giving and forgiving and doing during those two months than all my educated years. Next to that would be my brief stay in Ecuador and the poor in the clinic and market where we served in Solanda. I still think of the people there so often and the simple ways of faith they taught just by living.



Your hobbies, other interests
Love working out doors, nature, jogging. Sewing and quilting are my winter sports; fishing and cooking are vacation fun times. Wish I had more time to hike and camp out.

 

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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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