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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 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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