Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sister, celebrating a significant anniversary in religious life of 60 YEARS of service to Christ, Church, and Community…
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.
Sister Mary Carole’s call to religious life began in her childhood. She shared, “I always knew God was calling me, but at first, I tried to ignore that persistent voice. Despite receiving several scholarships elsewhere, a full scholarship appeared as part of God’s plan for me and drew me to Yankton and Sacred Heart Monastery.”
Sr. Mary Carole grew up in York, NE with her parents and brother John; her mother later became ill and died when she was only ten. Sister reflected that she, “sees now that this was also preparing me for my later ministry as a family therapist.”
During her mother’s illness, she boarded with the Benedictine Sisters at St. Joseph’s School in York. After completing elementary and high school at St. Joseph’s, she entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1956. She made her First Profession in 1958 and Perpetual Profession in 1961.
Sr. Mary Carole began her education with a BA and then MA in mathematics, and her ministries in included teaching at elementary, secondary, and even college levels. Sister then returned to school for her PhD in psychology and began her ministry as a therapist and counselor. “I am a life-long learner and took advantage of every educational opportunity that was available. I am very fond of traveling and have had numerous opportunities to see the world.” Participating in three Diocesan pilgrimages and traveling to Ghana with her missionary cousin, Fr. Bill, are noted as favorite travels and memories.
Sr. Mary Carole was the director of Catholic Family Services for three years for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. She was a psychologist with Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health in Yankton, for the last five years. She shared, “I am now beginning to look into the future for expanded possibilities as I look forward to another life change.”
“My 60 years as a Benedictine means 60 years of opportunity to make a difference. The personal, professional, and spiritual support provided by my religious community during these 60 years has enabled me too influence the intellectual and spiritual growth of young people and adults in the classroom; promote healing in the lives of abused children and adults; minister to the divorced, widowed, and separated; reach out to those incarcerated in our prisons; and provide opportunities to bring healing to veterans impacted by the horrors of war.”
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,
Return to “One Heart and One Soul”