28 SSJs celebrate their anniversaries - Catholic Courier

28 SSJs celebrate their anniversaries

The following Sisters of St. Joseph who are celebrating 80-, 70-, 60-, 50- and 25-year anniversaries in 2004

reflect on their ministries in their own words.
 

80 Years
 

Sister Mary Linus Witukiewicz entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Casimir Parish in Elmira. She taught

at St. Stanislaus, Rochester; St. Casimir, Elmira; and St. Mary, Dansville. She also was a visitor to the sick and

sacristan. She is currently serving in the prayer ministry at the motherhouse.
 

“My first mission was to St. Stanislaus Parish where I taught for 33 years. Even though the classes were large in

those days (sometimes as many as 62), I liked teaching very much. I enjoyed the simple goodness of the children.
“Next, I served in St. Mary’s School in Dansville, as teacher and parish visitor. Twenty-five more years went by!
“My commitment has always been maintained through prayer, and even now my good health enables me to pray in my

favorite place – our chapel.”
 

70 Years
 

Sister Bernice Benner (formerly Sister Rosalia) entered the con- gregation from St. Paul of the Cross Parish

in Honeoye Falls. In her education ministry, she taught in Rochester at Sacred Heart, St. Ambrose, St. Monica, St.

Francis Xavier, St. Theodore, Holy Rosary and Nazareth Hall. She also taught at St. Paul, Oswego; St. Mary,

Waterloo; St. Alphonsus, Auburn; St. James, Waverly; and St. Patrick, Seneca Falls. She is currently involved in

volunteer services at the motherhouse.
 

“It was early in life when I began to think of religious life. My twin sister and I had good times in high school

but we each felt in the midst of all of this there was emptiness – ‘What is life all about?'”
“We lived in Honeoye Falls, and one Sunday on our way into Rochester with my parents and siblings we passed the

Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. Outside the gate there were two sisters standing. I felt this deep attraction —

to know more. Later that night, my twin sister and I were talking, and found that we had both experienced the same

feelings! After getting to know the Sisters of St. Joseph during our remaining years in high school, we entered the

congregation after graduation.
 

“Life in community brought many blessings. There I could share my joys and sorrows. Suffering was made easier and

joy became brighter. I continue to feel the support of my sisters!”
 

Sister Barbara Hughes (formerly Sister Euphemia) served in the education ministry following her entrance into

the order from St. Patrick in Mt. Morris. Her teaching assignments included Sacred Heart, Holy Apostles, St. Francis

Xavier, St. Ambrose and Guardian Angels schools in Rochester; St. Mary, Dansville; St. Mary, Canandaigua; St. Mary,

Auburn; St. Stephen, Geneva; and Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Anthony, both in Elmira. She also served as hairdresser

for her sisters at the motherhouse and is presently in the prayer ministry.
 

Of Sister Barbara, Sister St. Luke Hardy writes, “Sister Barbara touched many lives within and outside the

congregation through her unique ministry. Today she continues her loving care for others through her ministry of

prayer.”
 

Sister Ruth Magin (formerly Sister John Mary) taught at Blessed Sacrament School and Nazareth Academy, both

in Rochester, after she became a Sister of St. Joseph, having entered the congregation from Holy Apostles Parish in

Rochester. She now serves in the prayer ministry at the motherhouse.
 

Her colleague, Sister Melita Burley, writes, “Sister Ruth will be remembered as a woman with a song in her heart, a

spring in her step and a deep love for God.
 

“During her 48 years as teacher at Nazareth Academy, she influenced hundreds of students with her warm enthusiasm

and gentle humor. A former student recalled, ‘It was through Sister Ruth that I first came to know Jesus as a

personal friend.’
 

“When reminded of her 70 years of ‘Jubilee,’ her simple response is one of amazement, wonder and

gratitude.”
 

Sister Elizabeth Mandell (formerly Sister Theophane) taught at Immaculate Conception and St. Bridget schools,

at the former St. Mary’s Boys Home and at St. Joseph’s Villa, all in Rochester. She then served as a social worker

at the Villa. A native of Holy Apostles Parish in Rochester, she is presently in the congregation’s prayer ministry.
“My first ministries were teaching at Immaculate Conception and St. Bridget’s Schools. Then I was assigned to St.

Mary’s Boys Home, which along with St. Patrick’s Girls Home merged to become St. Joseph’s Villa. I taught there in

the living room of the cottage until the Villa school was built. I loved being with the children!
 

“In later years, I studied to become a social worker at Catholic University in Washington. I returned to St.

Joseph’s Villa in my new role. Helping clients and their families was never a chore for me. I was happy to be able

to ease the transition of clients from their homes to living for a time at St. Joseph’s Villa where I could watch

them grow and mature.”
 

Sister Mary Audrey Mazzeo, currently in the congregation’s prayer ministry, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph

from her home parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Auburn. She served in financial services at St. Joseph’s Villa,

Rochester; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira; and St. Ann’s Home in Rochester.
 

“I spent almost 30 years of my religious life living and working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira. What I remember

most was the importance the administrators placed on kindness and compassion for patients. My work was primarily

secretarial — and I shall never forget 1972 when the Chemung and Susquehanna Rivers flooded Elmira, and my job was

to salvage all the records!
 

“But there are other happier memories – celebrations that would rouse me to harmonize with the singing, even get up

to dance! The celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s 150th anniversary coinciding with my own jubilee year

enhances my rejoicing and gratitude for my life in this
 

60 Years
 

Sister Agnes Catherine Battersby, a native of St. Patrick Parish, Elmira, served in the teaching ministry at

the former St. Agnes elementary and high schools, Aquinas Institute and Nazareth Academy, all in Rochester; DeSales

High School, Geneva; St. Mary, Canandaigua; and St. Patrick, Corning. In addition to serving as principal at St.

Mary, Canandaigua, she was a member of the congregation’s central administration and pastoral assistant at St. James

in Waverly. She now is pastoral associate for the St. Felix/St. Francis Cluster in Clifton

Springs/Phelps.
 

“It was at graduation from St. Patrick’s grammar school that I first recall thinking that I might be blessed with a

religious vocation. In 1944 I joined the Sisters of St. Joseph.
 

“Though I loved every place I’ve been and appreciate all the people with whom I have worked, I am most grateful for

my opportunities in parish ministry. This work has enabled me to be involved in the special moments of joy and

sorrow in the lives of many people, to be strengthened and enriched in my own faith, by their

example.”
 

Sister Ann d’Assisi Donofrio joined the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester.

In her educational ministry, she has taught at St. Francis Xavier, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Ambrose, and Nazareth

Hall, all in Rochester; St. Mary and Ss. Peter and Paul in Elmira; Immaculate Conception, Ithaca; and St. Jerome,

East Rochester. She is presently a teacher and cafeteria director/manager at Nazareth Hall.
 

“I used to watch the sisters from old St. Patrick’s Cathedral walk down Broad Street. I was drawn by their

friendliness, and decided to become a Sister of St. Joseph.
 

“When I entered I expected to teach, and my work with children continues to be very fulfilling. Whether in Ithaca,

Corning, Elmira or Rochester, I have enjoyed teaching, singing and the blessing of preparing children for First

Communion.
 

“I have been supported by my sisters in community in so many ways. It has been a privilege to be a part of the

Sisters of St. Joseph who have, through the years, given so much to our church and society.”
 

Sister Helen Goschke (formerly Sister Francis Helen) entered the congregation from Holy Redeemer Parish,

Rochester. In her educational ministry, she has taught at Immaculate Conception, St. Agnes Grammar, St. Francis

Xavier, Holy Rosary, Most Precious Blood, St. Augustine and Our Lady of Perpetual Help schools, all in Rochester;

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brockport; St. Rose, Lima; St. John the Evangelist, Spencerport; and in the CCD

program of the former King Ferry/Scipio Rural Ministry. Following pastoral-assistant roles at St. Margaret Mary in

Rochester and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brockport, she joined the prayer ministry at the motherhouse.
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be a teacher, and I spent many years in parochial schools,

religious-education programs, RCIA adult classes, and in rural education in Kings Ferry, N.Y.
 

“My second career as a pastoral assistant lasted for 23 years! I made many wonderful friends during my time at St.

Margaret Mary’s Church, Rochester, and at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Brockport.
 

“I can truthfully say that I have enjoyed every minute as a member of the congregation, and that I am thankful to

the Lord for all his gifts to me.”
 

Sister Marion Gundell taught at St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, both in Rochester; and St. Aloysius in Auburn

following her entrance into the congregation from Holy Rosary Parish, Rochester. She was then a social worker and

cottage mother at St. Joseph’s Villa and director of social work at St. Ann’s Home, both in Rochester. She presently

is in the congregation’s prayer ministry.
 

“Influenced by my aunt, Sister Adelaide, and by the sisters of Holy Rosary Parish and Nazareth Academy, I pursued my

childhood dream of entering the convent.
 

“After studying at Catholic University for my degree in social work, I was assigned first to St. Joseph’s Villa,

then to St. Ann’s Home where, in 1961, I was the only social worker. When I left St. Ann’s some 20 years later there

were nine of us!
 

“From St. Ann’s I moved to the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse and now, in my retirement, I enjoy walking in the

sunshine, The New York Times and my many friends.”
 

Entering the Sisters of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Ambrose, Rochester, Sister Sheila Luber taught

at Nazareth Hall, Blessed Sacrament, St. Monica, Holy Apostles, St. Stanislaus and Sacred Heart, all in Rochester;

St. Alphonsus, Auburn; and St. Mary, Canandaigua. She is currently liaison officer for ABC Headstart at St.

Stanislaus Parish.
 

“Ministry for me has been working together with parents, teachers and students to bring about the best for the

children. My inspiration came from sisters who taught me.
 

“Meantime, living in community – praying together, supporting each other – has helped me become the person God has

called me to be. I always wanted to be a Sister of St. Joseph, and I am proud to be among those who continue to

reach out to people far and near.”
 

Prior to being a cottage supervisor at St. Joseph’s Villa, Sister Lily Ann McBride (formerly Sister Matthew

Marie) was in the food-service ministry at Nazareth College, the congregation’s motherhouse and convent

infirmary, and at the convent of Blessed Sacrament Parish, all in Rochester. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph

from her home parish of St. Monica, Rochester, and is now manager of the order’s Cornerstone Crafts Gift

Shop.
 

“Sixty years creates a long trip down memory lane! Thinking of my ministry in our motherhouse kitchen, working there

with the novices, triggers memories of hard work and lots of good laughs!
 

“Another of my ministries was driving our infirm sisters to their appointments. It was a wonderful experience

sharing their joys when the doctor’s news was good, and being present to them in the face of sorrow.
 

“I thank God for calling me to be a Sister of St. Joseph, and for giving me so many opportunities over these years.”
Sister Mary Brigid McCarthy, presently a receptionist at the visitors desk at St. Joseph’s Hospital and an

aide at Holy Family Junior High School, both in Elmira, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from her home parish of

St. Mary, Elmira. In her teaching ministry, she served at Holy Rosary, Nazareth Hall, St. Anne, and St. Theodore,

all in Rochester; St. Stephen, Geneva; and at St. Mary and St. Patrick Junior High, both in Elmira. She was also

parish visitor and learning assistant at St. Casimir and Holy Family Junior High in Elmira.
 

“I feel blessed to be a part of this congregation and am grateful to God for calling me to serve as a Sister of St.

Joseph.
 

“It was my fifth-grade teacher, Sister Marie Ren√© Pegnam, who made me aware of the possibility of becoming a sister.

Once I entered, I felt that this, whatever it would bring, was where I wanted to be, doing whatever was asked of me.

I still feel that way.”
 

Sister Dorothy Mulcahy (formerly Sister Agnes James) became of Sister of St. Joseph from her home parish,

Holy Apostles, in Rochester. Her educational ministry took her to St. Patrick, Mt. Morris; St. Stephen, Geneva; St.

Mary, Canandaigua; Ss. Peter and Paul, Elmira; St. Michael, Penn Yan; St. Mary, Dansville; and St. Augustine and

Christ the King, both in Rochester. She was also a housemother at St. Joseph’s Villa. She then became a nurse,

ministering at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, where she also was an instructor in the School of Nursing. She later

was a hospice nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and a pastoral associate at Our Lady of Lourdes in Elmira.

She is currently a hospice volunteer at Serenity House is Victor.
 

“My celebration of 60 years is one of heartfelt THANKSGIVING, to the Sisters of St. Joseph, for their patience, for

making my dreams come through, to all the sisters I have lived with, times remembered, tears we shed, classes we

taught, and on and on. I could not have made it without the love and care of my God.”
 

Sister Walter Anne O’Malley entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Stephen in Geneva.

She served in the education ministry at St. Francis Xavier, Sacred Heart and St. Pius Tenth, all in Rochester; and

at St. Alphonsus and Blessed Trinity in Auburn. She was also director of junior sisters for the congregation. She is

presently in the prayer ministry at the motherhouse.
 

“It all began for me in Geneva, the place where I grew up, and the place where some of my fondest memories still

linger. It has been said that we learn best from those we love, and I dearly loved the Sisters of St. Joseph who

taught me.
 

“During moments of quiet and prayer <#133> I eventually yielded to the invitation to serve the Lord. And so I came,

I stayed, and the past 60 years with all their upsets and blessings have graced me with more joy and more peace of

heart than I believed could be possible.”
 

Entering the congregation from Holy Rosary Parish in Rochester, Sister Dorothy Therese Schropp taught at St.

Ambrose, St. Monica, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Augustine, all in Rochester; St. Paul, Oswego; St. Mary,

Elmira; St. Patrick, Mt. Morris; and St. Joseph, Wayland. She now serves at the motherhouse in the prayer ministry.
“It wasn’t until I attended Holy Rosary elementary school that I discovered the wonderful Sisters of St. Joseph. The

happiness I felt with my sister-teachers remained with me throughout my entire education, and inspired in me a

desire to become a Sister of St. Joseph.
 

“Now in my jubilee year I am again so grateful: for the support and love I experienced in community; for the

wonderful priests and religious who have inspired me; for being able to live out the rest of my life at our new

motherhouse; and, most of all, for God’s graces.”
 

Following service as a cottage supervisor at St. Joseph’s Villa in Rochester, Sister Jeanne Smith (formerly

Sister Jeanne Louise), a native of Rochester’s Holy Rosary Parish, worked in the food-service ministry at Holy

Rosary, St. Anne and Sacred Heart, all in Rochester. Among her current ministries at Sacred Heart Parish in

Rochester, she enjoys teaching ceramics.
 

“After a happy, fun-filled novitiate, I set out to my first ministry at St. Joseph’s Villa. There, I was responsible

for 24 boys, many of whom had had very hard lives.
 

“Following a variety of ministry assignments over the years, I came finally to Sacred Heart Cathedral where I

prepare meals for the sisters. During my years at Sacred Heart I learned the art of ceramics. Later I was asked to

teach this craft, which I enjoy doing to this present day.
 

“God has given me many blessings these past 60 years.”
 

50 Years
 

In addition to being a teacher, Sister Kathleen Burns (formerly Sister Caritas) has served as a BOCES

interpreter for the deaf and a director of the Rochester chapter of Agreg√©, the congregation’s associate members

program. After joining the order from Sacred Heart Parish, Rochester, she taught at St. Ambrose, Our Lady of Good

Counsel, St. Thomas More, St. Theodore, Corpus Christi and St. Agnes High School, all in Rochester.
 

“The Sisters of St. Joseph have been a part of my experience since my earliest memories — from family members who

were sisters to teachers from first grade through college.
 

“Reflecting on these past years which have had their fill of joys and sorrows, I thank God for all — for the people

who have been a part of my life, for their prayers and loving support. And I am thankful for God’s kindness to me

and for God’s understanding, gentle heart.”
 

Sister Josette Capozzi entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Mary in Elmira. In her

education ministry, she served at Immaculate Conception, St. Bridget, Christ the King, Holy Apostles, Holy Rosary

and St. Francis Xavier schools, all in Rochester; and at Queen of Peace and St. Elizabeth schools in Selma, Ala. She

has been a pastoral assistant at St. Francis in Phelps, and, in Alabama, at St. Michael in Heron Bay and St. Vincent

de Paul in Mobile. She has also been an associate chaplain at the Newark Development Center and is currently

ministering at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tallahassee, Fla.
 

“Memories that float to the surface of these past 50 years as a religious are of challenging, yet fulfilling

ministries: serving as principal of the first integrated Catholic elementary school in Selma, Ala.; working in

Newark, N.Y., in the office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities; ministering to the very poor in

Mon Luis Island, Bellefontaine, Dauphin Island, and Heron Bay, Ala.
 

“Though I live at a distance from my home in Rochester, I am very aware of the prayer and concern of my sisters in

community. Being a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph has been helpful as I tried to live a life of charity,

humility, justice and faithfulness.”
 

Sister Janet Connorton (formerly Sister Marcella) of Sacred Heart Parish in Rochester, taught at St. Anne,

St. Ambrose and the former St. Agnes High School, all in Rochester, and at DeSales High School in Geneva. After

serving as pastoral agent in Goiania, Brazil, she began her present ministry as activities director at the Pine

Apple Community Center in Pine Apple, Ala.
 

“In March of my senior year at Nazareth Academy, I started to think about becoming a Sister of St. Joseph, but it

took another eight months for my actions to catch up with my heart. After graduation, I attended Nazareth College,

and through my friendship with then-postulant Sister Barbara Lum, further developed my interest in religious life.

By November, I officially wanted to enter, sought an interview and came to the convent (late as usual) in December.
“When I entered, I hoped to become an art teacher. This dream materialized and grew over 30 years. While living in

Geneva, I also became involved in parish liturgy and choir.
 

“My first years were full of joy and tears – as were the next 25. And now my jubilee and the 150th anniversary of

the Sisters of St. Joseph coincide. Will this be a landmark in my life? Ask me in 10 more years!”
 

Sister Ann Lafferty (formerly Sister Adelaide) is health insurance coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph

of Rochester. Having entered the congregation from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Rochester, she taught at Corpus

Christi, Sacred Heart, St. Monica, St. Bridget, Nazareth Academy, Hope Hall and Nazareth Hall, all in Rochester, and

at St. Michael in Penn Yan. She has also been a pastoral agent in Uberlandia, Brazil.
 

“Starting at grade one, Sisters of St. Joseph have been a part of my life. So, when it became clear to me that I had

a religious vocation, it was only natural that I enter this congregation.
 

“It is very simply the grace of God which has brought me to this point. I feel my life has been very blessed.”
After entering the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sacred Heart Parish in Rochester, Sister Barbara Lum (formerly

Sister Eleanor) pursued a career in nursing. She served at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira and Good Samaritan

Hospital in Selma, Ala. Returning to Rochester, she taught in the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester

and was a nurse practitioner at Corpus Christi Health Center. She is currently an educational specialist in the

Certified Nursing Program at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center.
 

“Influenced by my teachers at Sacred Heart School and at Nazareth, I entered religious life, and had the privilege

of studying nursing. My assignment to Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Elizabeth Convent in Selma, Ala., coincided

with the peak of the civil rights movement and the Selma march for voting rights for black citizens.
 

“After returning to Rochester, challenges and rich relationships continued to be a part of my ministry. For 27

years, I taught at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. For the last 15 years, I have worked in

Rochester’s inner city Baby Love program, an outreach to pregnant and parenting women at risk of having a

low-birth-weight baby.
 

“Living this commitment, I believe, is only possible with God’s grace and the strong example and support of many

people.”
 

Sister Diane Muldoon (formerly Sister Celina) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Mary Parish, Auburn.

After teaching at Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart schools in Rochester and at St. Mary in Elmira, she became a cottage

supervisor at St. Joseph’s Villa. She is currently the Villa’s director of support services.
“During my 50 years I have had the privilege to walk with Sisters of St. Joseph. They are women of great wisdom and

deep commitment.
 

“My first ministry was teaching – in both Rochester and Elmira. Though I was enjoying teaching, the request came to

me to be a cottage ‘mother’ at St. Joseph’s Villa. So I became supervisor for eight young boys – living with and

caring for children who had many needs. This was both a challenge and a joy.
 

“As the Villa continued to expand services, administration asked me to become the director of support services and

centralized purchasing. I continue now in this role.”
 

Sister Benita Nicholas, currently supervisor of adult programs at the School of the Holy Childhood, entered

the congregation from St. Mary Parish in Auburn. In her teaching ministry, she served in Rochester at Holy Rosary

and St. Stanislaus schools and at the School of the Holy Childhood. She also taught at St. James,

Waverly.
 

“I was in the seventh grade at St. Mary’s School in Auburn when I knew that religious life was my vocation. The

sisters at St. Mary’s were welcoming women of laughter, fun, playfulness – and they were very good teachers. It was

their lifestyle that drew me to the Sisters of St. Joseph.
 

“Like the sisters who first influenced me, I have always been involved in education – first as a teacher and then

for the past 30 years as the supervisor of the adult day training program at the School of the Holy Childhood – a

program for those with developmental disabilities. I loved all of my ministries.
 

“In my community I continue to be surrounded by faithful women, willing to give their very best in service to all

God’s people.”
 

A wide variety of teaching assignments has comprised Sister Jacqueline Robinson’s ministry in education.

Having entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Cecilia Parish in Elmira as Sister Constantia, she served at St.

John the Evangelist in Greece and at St. Monica, St. Augustine, St. Anthony of Padua, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and

St. Ambrose schools, all in Rochester. She also taught at St. Agnes, Avon; St. Anthony, Elmira; St. Mary,

Canandaigua; St. Patrick, Corning; St. Stephen, Geneva; St. Mary, Auburn; St. Michael, Penn Yan; Immaculate

Conception, Ithaca; and DeSales High School in Geneva. She is presently parish secretary at St. Anthony of Padua in

Rochester.
 

“In my senior year, I came to Nazareth College for a scholarship exam and visited the Sisters of St. Joseph

Motherhouse. That visit settled my vocation.
 

“For me the journey has been one of much joy and many lasting friendships.”
 

Sister Rita Rutzke, who entered the congregation from St. Casimir Parish in Elmira, has taught at St.

Stanislaus, Nazareth Hall and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Rochester; the BOCES Forman Center, Fairport; St. Patrick,

Seneca Falls; St. Mary our Mother, Horseheads; St. Mary and Ss. Peter and Paul, in Elmira; and Immaculate Conception

in Ithaca. She currently serves in the congregation’s motherhouse services.
 

“I am grateful for the heritage that is mine as a Sister of St. Joseph of Rochester. I am grateful for the gift of

friends, education, opportunity and ministry; for the challenges, encouragement and support that exists among us,

empowering us to grow as church, as religious, as people. I can’t believe it has been 50 years already. My life has

been so rewarding.”
 

25 Years
 

Sister Mary Louise Mitchell of St. Patrick Parish in Corning has pursued a career ministry in nursing as a

Sister of St. Joseph. She has been a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, a professor of nursing at Nazareth

College and has served in the SSJ Spirituality Ministry. She is currently serving as a councilor on the

congregation’s leadership team.
 

“Being a Sister of St. Joseph is one of the greatest gifts of my life.
 

“Many people think individuals who enter religious life have had to ‘give up’ so much. My response to this is that

religious life is a pearl and that those of us who discover this pearl have received a tremendous gift. The gift is

community, and it is through this gift that I am best able to live out my baptismal commitment. It is my belief that

every way of life is a pearl. Each of us has to discern which pearl God desires for us. Once we have discovered this

– God does the rest.”
 

Sister Marlene Pape entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Utica. She has

ministered in nursing at the Monroe County Health Department and Nazareth Academy in Rochester and at St. Joseph’s

Hospital in Elmira. She is now a chemical dependency counselor at Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester.
 

“When I joined the Sisters of St. Joseph, I was a registered nurse and graduate student. I had good friends,

financial resources and a challenging profession. Still, I was looking for a deeper purpose in my

life.
 

“When my college chaplain introduced me to the Sisters of St. Joseph, I met women who were genuinely happy with

their lives, supportive of one another and committed to ministry.
 

“My ministries have given me opportunities to be an agent of healing. From home-care nursing with critically-ill

children to my present ministry as a chemical-dependency counselor, I’ve had the privilege of working with people

during some of the most difficult times in their lives.
 

“With gratitude, I recall that all of this is exactly what I was looking for at the beginning of this

journey!”
 

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