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Greetings,

Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sisters, those celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life!  Three of our sisters are celebrating 50 YEARS of service to Christ, Church, and Community…

Sister Sharon Ann

Sr. Sharon Ann attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Epiphany and St. Agatha’s High School in Howard, SD. After attending St. Joseph’s School of Practical Nursing in Mitchell she worked for one year at the hospital before entering Sacred Heart Monastery.

Sr. Sharon Ann states, “I had Benedictine Sisters in grade school as teachers and felt a closeness to them. They were friendly and always seemed to be happy. After I completed high school, practical nurses

training, and worked a year; I still felt an attraction to the Sisters and their way of life. I believe my grandmother also had an influence on my vocation, as she
prayed daily for me.” Sr. Sharon Ann entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1965 and professed final vows in 1975.

Sister furthered her education in healthcare and graduated from Mount Marty College in 1970. She has served as infirmarian and clinic nurse for Sacred Heart Monastery, staff nurse and director of nursing at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, CO, and home health and hospice nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mount Marty College and director of Initial Formation at Sacred Heart Monastery since 2012.

“Most of my ministry has been in healthcare. I’ve always felt it’s a privilege to care for the sick. In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict states: ‘Care of the sick must rank above and before all else, so that they may truly be served as Christ.’ As a nursing educator, I’ve tried to share the importance of this special ministry with my students. As Initial Formation Director, I journey with women who are discerning a vocation to our monastic community. It’s a humbling experience to guide them and share this monastic journey with them.” 

Of her jubilee S. Sharon Ann shares, “I believe that God had a gentle, yet persistent way of calling me to religious life. I continue to be amazed at how God works in my life. I’m grateful for my family and these 50 plus years that I’ve lived
this Benedictine way of life.”

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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