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Greetings,

Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the story of one our Jubiliarian Sisters, those celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life!  Today, we honor our final Golden Jubilarian as we remember her  50 years of service to Christ, Church, and Community…

Our Sister Marietta grew up in Salem, SD, and is the middle child of seven. She attended St. Mary’s Grade and High School, Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, IA, and Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery in August of 1964, made first monastic profession on June 29, 1966, and perpetual profession in November 25, 1972.

Sister Marietta’s ministries have included teaching grade school and being a Religious Education Director. She later returned to the monastery to be Vocation Director. She continues to serve the monastery in various ways, including serving on the Mount Marty College Board, being Liturgical Director, and guiding Sisters in formation.

She writes, “The possibility of being a Sister stood in front of me every day as I was taught by the Bernadines and later the Yankton Benedictines. Prayer for vocations was among our family prayers. So it was with a great deal of support that I entered Sacred Heart Monastery. Often we were invited by our teachers to consider religious life, and S. Rose invited me to Sacred Heart Monastery when I was completing high school at St. Mary’s in Salem. Her belief in me enabled me to ‘give it a try.’ When I entered, I did not know much about the differences in religious communities but found the way of Benedict to be a wonderful fit for me; it provided strong community support for prayer, work, and growth personally and spiritually. Celebrating 50 years has called me to pause and give thanks for God’s presence in my life, especially in my Benedictine Sisters who have provided stability on the journey, encouragement in the challenges, and role models to follow. Life lived together has been God’s greatest gift to me and enables me to reach out to others in many ways unrealized when I first knocked at the door. It is with a heart full of joy and gratitude to God, my Sisters, my family, and those with whom I have ministered that I celebrate this year of Jubilee.” (Yankton Benedictines, Spring 2016)

Join us in praying for Catholic Sisters and Nuns who continue to seek God’s Will and serve God’s people throughout our nation.  Pray also for women who continue to discern God’s will in their lives.

Loving God, by your grace,
Catholic Sisters throughout the world continue to respond to Your Baptismal invitation
to live lives dedicated to prayer and loving service.
Enkindle in their hearts a renewed desire to be zealous servants of the Gospel
and continuing signs of Your presence in our world.
Preserve and strengthen in them the passion and the vision
to welcome and to serve all Your people without hesitation or pause.
As they strive to live the mission of their respective congregations,
empower them to do so with courageous simplicity,
consecrated celibacy, and committed obedience to Your will.
We ask this in union with Jesus the Christ,
who showed these dedicated women the way to living in union with You.  Amen.
~Mary Rose Romeo, SSJ

Blessings to you,

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