St. Joseph jubilarians reflect on ministry - Catholic Courier

St. Joseph jubilarians reflect on ministry

The following Sisters of St. Joseph who are celebrating 80-, 75-, 70-, 60- and 50-year anniversaries in 2005 reflect on their ministries in their own words.

80 Years


Sister Teresa Clare Ehrmentraut, a native of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Rochester, taught at St. Monica, Rochester; Elmira Catholic High School, Elmira; and Nazareth College. She is now engaged in the prayer ministry at the motherhouse.

Her colleague, Sister Catherine Teresa Martin, writes, “My 80th jubilee is one that I had never expected to see. However, God chose to allow me all these wonderful years as a Sister of St. Joseph, and I am truly grateful for this blessing.

“Looking back, I would say my life has been full of surprises. For instance, on my first day in the convent, as I glanced at the other newcomers, I saw quite a number of what I considered ‘older postulants.’ Normally, back in those days, a ‘band’ was comprised of almost all young people. Not ours! But, as it turned out, the disparity of age didn’t prevent us from forming close bonds and becoming a united, happy group.

“In succeeding years I was to experience many unexpected happenings. Changes took place in the church. Religious life, too, saw modifications: changes in convent regulations, prayer forms, attire, etc.

“Then, too, my life in ministry did not remain constant. After teaching for a few years in elementary school, I was assigned to business teaching in high school, then to Nazareth College. This was followed by secretarial work. My final years at the college were spent working in the archives. Today I’m a happy retiree at our new motherhouse. I’m grateful for the privilege of attending daily Mass, for the leisure I’m enjoying and the companionship of loving, helpful sisters.”


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