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Sister Dolores Erman

Joined the SCLs:  1948

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 

The Sisters at Saint Mary College.



Ministries you've loved   

Teaching science in junior high and serving the Northern Cheyenne Native Americans.




What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   

We are committed to serving the poor and the love of God.



Your hobbies, other interests

Reading, skiing, hiking in the mountains, vacationing at a ranch with friends and family.



 

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Sister Marie Brinkman

Joined the SCLs:  1948

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 

I entered for reasons not equally clear to me. With nothing but a notion of becoming a Sister until I began as a freshman at Saint Mary College, I knew, saying the Stations of the Cross one evening that I would — but not then, and not as a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth -- be teaching school. The delay tactic worked until graduation week, when it struck me I was searching for a Community for my own reasons, not God’s. It was clear that the spirit of these Sisters of Charity – simplicity, humility and charity – was what I needed. That spirit and their joy I admire to this day. They live up to their name, genuinely loving one another and those they serve.



Ministries you've loved   

Teaching in high school, then college for 53 years was a particular joy for me until I retired to write for the Community. 



Your hobbies, other interests

Conversation, reading and enjoying beauty in nature and people fill my “spare” time. 



 

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Sister Sue Retherford

Joined the SCLs:  1960

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 

The spirituality of my parents and the SCLs in high school and college were extremely influential in my becoming an SCL.



Ministries you've loved   

I have been an educator all my life, mainly in middle school. I truly enjoyed teaching math, music, religion and art (mainly crafts). It was wonderful seeing the response of the students when they could play music together or complete a class project. Trying to make learning fun was a challenge but well worth it.




What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   

What's special about being an SCL is the willingness we have to share the commitment we've made to serve God's people, especially the poor, women and children, and wherever else there is a need. Also, we truly enjoy being together for prayer, meals and fun times.



Your hobbies, other interests

Arts and crafts; huck toweling; music, especially being a part of a group or trying to play an instrument; reading; watching football; making things for people; and being with my family.

 



 

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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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