Sister Margretta Doyle's Vocation Story
How did I come to be a Sister?
After graduating from high school in Lennox, South Dakota, I attended Mount Marty College for two years. While there, I met many Benedictine Sisters and we became good friends. I attended daily Mass and sometimes prayed the Divine Office with the Sisters. I came to love praying with the Sisters. However, I decided to teach for one year before entering Sacred Heart Monastery. I felt that I had made the right choice because I felt so comfortable with community life and prayer and also, had so much fun with the Sisters.
What does life look like now as a Sister?
At the present time, I am retired although I call it “recycled!” I have had a wonderful journey in religious life. I taught second grade, preparing children for receiving First Penance and Holy Communion. What an awesome privilege! Thirty-five years of my life was spent working as a Pastoral Minister in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I found my later years to be very rewarding as well as I worked in many different areas of teaching, welcoming new families to the parish, leading Bible studies, visiting the sick in their homes and in hospitals, working with the needy, and helping with the Sunday Liturgy and visiting with people. I have been privileged to be with people in good times, hard times, and fun times.
What does Community life mean to me?
Community life is very important to me. I came from a small family and now have a large community of Sisters who love, pray, and work together in loving and supporting one another. I feel so privileged to be a Benedictine! I have always had a home. An important part of being a Benedictine is coming home as often as possible. We have retreats, schooling, education, work, prayer, and good times together. I have many wonderful friends who love and challenge me to become better each day.
One of my favorite quotes from the Rule of St. Benedict is from Chapter 73: “Whoever you are who are hastening to the heavenly homeland, fulfill with the help of Christ the minimum Rule which we have written for beginners.” Yes, after 55 years as a Benedictine Sister, I am still a beginner.
Sister Margretta Doyle
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- Higher Education
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- Parish Work
- Retreats/ Spiritual Direction
- Monastery Ministries
- Music and Art
- Monastery Gift Shop
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