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Sister Mary Jo McDonald

Joined the SCLs:  1960

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I did not meet our Sisters until I went to Saint Mary College where I met Sister Mary Vincentia Maronick and Sister Mary Josepha Talle. It was their influence that helped me make my decision to enter. My parents and family have always been supportive of my choice.

Ministries you've loved   
I have been a teacher, counselor, principal and for the last 30 years a pastoral minister. I have always enjoyed being able to work with young people and adults in a variety of ways.  I have been blessed to be at St. Ann's Parish in Butte.

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being a Sister of Charity means that we are committed to the ministry of the poor. We are always able to form alliances with individuals who join us in the ministry and allow us to touch individuals with the love of God. We are family and as such bring great joy to one another and encourage each other in our ministries.

Your hobbies, other interests
Photography; reading – especially mysteries; spending time with my family and friends.

 

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Sister Mary Laura Huddleston

Joined the SCLs:  1947

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
A faith-filled family; opportunity of a Catholic education; direction under Sister Patricia Eareats, principal, SCLs and Dr. Louis Allard at St. Vincent's Hospital who cared for and treated me throughout years of recovery from polio (and, present understanding as I live with the post-polio symptoms). 

Ministries you've loved   
Hospital ministry; youth ministry; using pets to teach children behavior in care/treatment of animals as it relates to treatment of people. Networking – health care, consultation in clinics for the poor, assisting the poor in jobs, counseling, re: Parish Bereavement Committee, hospital visits to parishioners (Eucharist), RCIA/RCIC;  Committees: Latino Health for All; providing children’s toys for the Gaza with Dr. Morsch; chaplain, American Royal.  General - using my SCL education and experiences in my everyday ministry.    

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Call to a religious vocation through which I can save my soul, give honor and glory to God; therefore, be available to influence people that God places in my path throughout my religious life. Opportunity to surround myself with peace, quiet to communicate to my God in prayer. Connection with other SCLs, especially, the retired Sisters in Ross Hall.

Your hobbies, other interests
Throughout my formative years, I grew up in Montana with a special love for nature and animals. Being people-oriented, it is such a pleasure to be a minister in so many ways in people's lives. My car is dubbed "The Nunmobile" and used to reach out to many. Water color classes. Good music

 

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Sister Mary Lenore Martin

Joined the SCLs:  1947

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
My Mother was the first influence in my decision. To have a child who would choose religious life was a confirmation that she had been a good mother. She was a wonderful Mother.



Ministries you've loved   
I liked all my work. I taught in the secondary schools for 20 years. I was missioned to schools in Missouri, Kansas and Montana. For seven of those years, I was principal at Billings Central. I taught U.S. and world history, U.S. government, geography, English, Latin, Spanish and religion. (Not all at the same time!)

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
To be a religious teacher brings one into the lives of the young people and makes it possible to be a positive influence in their lives. Being a high school teacher meant being with students in extracurricular activities and becoming a friend as well as a teacher.

Your hobbies, other interests
Being part of The Remnants (SCL band) was certainly a gift for me in the friendships, travel and playing for many of our hospitals, schools and Community gatherings. Over the years, I also liked to read, sew and spend time with family and friends. I have also had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. I have traveled to India, Thailand, Greece, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Caribbean and Canada as well as most of the states in the U.S.

 

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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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