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Sister Joy Duff

Joined the SCLs:  1969

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I had wanted to become a Sister for a number of years but delayed because of objections from my family. I had worked in nursing for quite a few years and had worked previously at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. I decided to go back and work there to get an idea about the Sisters. They were wonderful and warm and friendly, so I finally decided to enter the SCLs. Sisters Mary Eustelle and Mary Eunice were quite influential.


Ministries you've loved   
I graduated from nurse’s training in 1953, and I loved every minute of working in nursing. Then about 15 years ago, I took a clinical pastoral education course because I wanted to work with patients in a more spiritual way. I felt it was a wonderful combination, so I worked as a chaplain for 14 years at St. James Healthcare, Butte, Mont., before retiring. I loved being a Chaplain also—bringing spiritual comfort and encouragement to many patients.


Your hobbies, other interests
Oil painting.



 

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Sister Angela Rose Barbieri

Joined the SCLs:  1955

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
The example of the Sisters in grade and high school along with having a supportive and loving family helped me to consider a life as an SCL. However, the strongest reason was a call from our Lord, which I fought for two more years, after high school. Then one day, out of the blue, Sister Mary Ellenice Calvin called me to come see her. She assisted me to get myself and a few things I needed together, to enter the Community.

Ministries you've loved   
Elementary education was the ministry to which I was called. As teacher and principal I love working with the children to share faith and book knowledge. But they also brightened my days with their giggles and leg hugs. I am still blessed to be working with their smiling faces.

What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Besides the spiritual and community benefits of being a Sister of Charity, being able to help the poor and needy, and learning from them the real meaning of generosity and love are among my treasured blessings.

Your hobbies, other interests
My hobbies are sports (I used to play, now I watch!), jigsaw puzzles, reading, walking and watching movies.

 

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Sister Mary Clarita Sternitzke

Joined the SCLs:  1946

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
My Sister teachers at Saint Mary College: Sister Xavier, Sister Mary Paul, Sister Margaret Clare and Sister Mary Jude.  I also have a first cousin, Sister Mary Denise, who is in the SCLs. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet taught me in grades 1-4 in Oklahoma, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita taught me in grades 5-8 in Kansas.




Ministries you've loved   
I was an elementary school teacher for grades 3 through 8; fifth grade was my favorite. I also directed many choir groups and taught the vocal work for school programs. I was an elementary administrator where I found curriculum development the most interesting facet of the task. Before leaving the elementary classroom, I took many classes in theology, scripture and liturgy and did an in depth study of the Vatican II documents to be prepared for pastoral ministry. My third career was as a property manager for AHCI low-income housing in Denver.


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
The SCLs know how to CELEBRATE!


Your hobbies, other interests
I like to read good mystery stories. In my younger years, I liked to ride a bicycle and play tennis. I have always loved to see and enjoy God’s beautiful creation and learn about historical places and people. I also like to write friends and receive their letters and exchange ideas.

 

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Sister J. Vianney Martinez

Joined the SCLs:  1954

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
Sister John Berchmans, Sister Mary Vincent and other SCLs who taught me at Annunciation were such an inspiration to me, but primarily my Mother, Father and our strong faith life which revolved around our parish, encouraged and influenced my vocation as an SCL.


Ministries you've loved   
I have loved every ministry I’ve been involved in from teaching first grade to being a pastoral assistant and my involvement in every facet of the parish in Leadville, to working in low-income housing, and finally now in retirement, ministering to the sick, elderly and homebound.


What's special about being a Sister of Charity?   
Being a Sister of Charity has been a special blessing in my life because of the many opportunities for spiritual and personal growth along with the privilege of being of service to God’s people and his Church.



Your hobbies, other interests
I enjoy reading, games, cooking, visiting with family, friends and parishioners, and listening to music.



 

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Sister Patricia Canty

Joined the SCLs:  1959

What/who influenced you to become an SCL? 
I attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and Girls Central High in Butte, Mont., staffed by the Sisters of Charity (SCL).  All of the Sisters reflected a spirit and joy that inspired me to consider becoming an SCL. I attended Gonzaga in Spokane and taught for one year at Riverside High in Milan, Wash., before entering the Community.



Ministries you've loved   
My years as a classroom teacher have been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined—35 years in many SCL elementary schools and 10 in secondary schools.  For the past five years, I have been a Foster Grandparent at Butte Central Elementary. I tutor students who need special help and assist several teachers in a variety of ways.


Your hobbies, other interests
I enjoy hiking and camping, especially in Colorado and Montana. I also love music and poetry. I still play trombone and piano whenever I have a chance and write poems now and then for someone or for a special occasion. I have continued studying Spanish and Arabic in hopes of being able to help children and their families who have recently immigrated to the United States. I would also like to do more writing when I finally cut back on my present schedule. I love being near my three brothers and their families here in Butte and in Helena, but I will eventually return to the rolling green hills of Kansas and the awesome Sisters at the Mother House.

 

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