Profiles in Charity

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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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Sister Eileen Hurley

Joined the SCLs:  1960

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Faithful, loving and supportive parents and family; the example of SCLs who taught me throughout grade and high school; and my "call" by God.


Ministries you've loved   
Teaching, family ministry, religious education and youth ministry, liturgical ministry; being a pastoral associate, pastoral administrator, diocesan director of religious education and now SCL Community councilor. I've loved every one of these and feel that as I moved from one to the next, the previous ministry was the stepping stone to the next. People of faith have played such an important part in all of the ministries in which I've been involved – both those with whom I've ministered and those to whom I've ministered.


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
The members of our Community make us who we are and I "love us"!  Our charism of simplicity, humility and charity is truly a call to live our lives quite simply.  Our welcoming and friendliness speak of God's presence and love in our lives.


Your hobbies, other interests
I love to drive for the scenery and the relaxation it brings. I enjoy the mountains and water and could spend lots of time playing in them as well as enjoying them in quiet or with others.  Music has always been part of my life – both singing and playing (piano and guitar). I also enjoy reading.


 

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Sister Jennifer Gordon

Joined the SCLs:  2001

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
When I met our sisters in Denver, I experienced first-hand their love of God, one another and the poor.  I recognize in them my own longing to be part of something larger than myself, and I believe that I am my "best self" as a Sister of Charity.

Ministries you've loved   
Managing Saint Vincent Clinic, a care site of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System that serves Leavenworth County adults who are low-income and uninsured.

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
It is a joy and a privilege to have "thrown in my lot" with this remarkable group of faith-filled, God-centered women.

Your hobbies, other interests
I enjoy reading, writing, hiking and singing.

 

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Sister Lucy Walter

Joined the SCLs:  1965

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
My family who did a lot for the SCLs at Visitation Parish in Los Angeles.  The wonderful Sisters at Visitation Grade School.  They were so full of life and so real.  They shared their love of God with so many of us in the school and parish.  Their home visits really mattered when our Dad was sick with cancer.

Ministries you've loved   
Each on of my ministries has been a gift in my life and a way to share my talents with others, who in turn share their gifts with me.  My ministires have included teaching first-grade in Topeka; working at the Kennedy Center in Santa Monica with children with handicaps and with the emotionally disturbed for seven summers at their day camp; teaching at the newly formed inner city school, St. Martin de Porres; and 13 years at the Child Study Center in the state-funded, preschool program for low-income families, after school programs with autistic adolescents and the young adult evening program for people with disabilities.  Then came my wonderful years living in a L'Arche Community in Overland Park, Kan., followed by three years working with severely handicapped adults at Community Living Opportunities in Lawrence, Kan.; and finally the past 10 years as coordinator of the Mother House and Ross Hall.

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being an SCL is special because we truly live out our charism in simplicity, humility and charity.

Your hobbies, other interests
Exercise. Just trying to be creative each day with the simple things that are around us.  Trying out new things.  Shopping at thrift stores.

 

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