Mission Helpers Celebrate 325 Years in God’s Service
By Loretta Cornell, MHSH, President
On Saturday, June 9, we celebrate Jubilees—one of the most joyous occasions we Mission Helpers have each year. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the lives and ministries of women who have been called by God, and who have responded…
“…I will go Lord, where you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart.”*
Each of this year’s six Jubilarians has lived the words of the hymn, “Here I Am Lord.” They have gone where God has led them; they have held God’s people in their hearts. And, they have done much more.
Together they have spent 325 years in God’s service. Directly or through the many hundreds of people they have trained to teach, these Sisters have introduced God and Jesus and the Church to thousands of youngsters. They have re-introduced religion to parents and adults and guided non-Catholics on the path to the Church.
And, Sister Dolores has done it all in sign language, too!
They have cared for the children of immigrants and have brought religious education to the children of men and women in the military. They have been by the side of the dying and grieved with those they left behind. They have lived and worked with those who have developmental disabilities, ministered in AIDs hospitals and helped refugees find sanctuary. And, collectively, they hold 10 college degrees.
They have done it all and we salute them: Sisters Dolores Beere and Maureen McKenna, 70 years; Sister Barbara Wills—who has also been the keeper of the Community’s Archives for the last 36 years—60 years; Sisters Martha Pavelsky and Rita Lynch, 50 years; and Sister Julianne Hau, 25 years.
They have, indeed, gone where the Lord has called them to go. And, as Sister Maureen (70 years) says, “God has held us by the hand every step of the way.”
We hold each of them in our hearts.
* Hymn, “Here I Am Lord;” Lyrics by Dan Schutte, S.J.