Sisters Mary Kay, Barbara, and Patricia Ann on the day of the Golden Jubilee.


Each day of Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sisters, celebrating a significant anniversary in religious life of 25 and 50 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.

Sr. Patricia Ann was born on February 12, 1948 in Omaha, NE to Anthony and Darleen Toscano. She later graduated from Mount Marty College and went on to get a Masters at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, then entered the Monastery in 1966. She taught music at Sacred Heart School in Yankton from 1971-1975 while assisting with organ duties and liturgy committee in the parish. Then Sr. Patricia Ann began as to serve as both liturgist and organist for Sacred Heart Monastery at the same time she assisted five local rural parishes with music.  While continuing duties at the Monastery in 1982, she also taught part time in the Music Department at Mount Marty College. Sister now continues as Director of Liturgical Music at the Monastery, along with teaching private piano lessons and Music Methods Class of Mount Marty College.

“Omaha had many religious women in the city (there were three motherhouses), and I was always impressed with them. But when our Sisters came to Omaha, I “fell in love” with them, with their spirit. I had been considering religious life and knew that I had to try it in Yankton with our Sisters. The Sisters were so friendly, kind and giving. I’d say S. Annella, my piano and organ teacher, was probably the most influential in my coming to Sacred Heart Monastery and S. Aquinas was most influential in my staying.”

Sister Patricia Ann came to community right after Vatican II when many things in the church began to change such as liturgy. Changes also happened here in community, and many women left. “I am sure that the Holy Spirit was with me through those years, and inspired me to remain. It is a choice I have never regretted. As a young member of the community, I was asked to assist with the community liturgies; this involvement certainly influenced my perspective of our life. The strong women of this community who supported us through these changes also helped me reach 50 years in our community.”

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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