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

Our Sister Joyce was born to the youngest of four children and was raised on the family farm. She attended St Mary’s Catholic School for all 12 years. The experience of growing up in this faith community and background fostered her initial response to seek out her vocation to a religious community of Sisters. This process was fostered more with her contact with Sister Amica and the Benedictines of Sacred Heart Monastery in her high school years. Sister Joyce entered the monastery in August of 1964, made first monastic profession on June 29, 1966, and made perpetual monastic profession in June of 1970.

Sister Joyce has ministered mainly in Health Care for 40 years. She was trained to be an Occupational Therapist and then trained to be a hospital chaplain. She has ministered to the people of God in Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. This hospital ministry has been very rewarding and fulfilling for her, and she knows it is of service to all people. She presently works as a Board Certified Chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.

Sister Joyce claims that her faith, religious community, and her family are the heart and soul of her life. She declares,“I would not be where I am today without my faith, family, and religious community.” The 50 years have seemed to go quickly, but she is very grateful for all of the years and people she has met and the places to which she has traveled. She claims, “It is with great joy and blessings to be able to celebrate 50 years as a Yankton Benedictine from Sacred Heart Monastery.”

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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