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 first Golden Jubilarian as we remember her 50 years of service to Christ, Church, and Community…
Our Sister Jennifer grew up in Yankton, SD, and is the third child of her family. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Mount Marty High School in Yankton, being educated by the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton for twelve years. She was also encouraged by one of the sisters to “come and see.” The whole Catholic culture Sister lived in provided support for her decision, beginning with her parents. After entering the monastery, she pursed a degree in German and a minor in chemistry. Before becoming a full time instructor, she engaged in travel with the Foreign Study League with Sister Angeline to Germany and Austria and spent a summer as a care-taker in Tennessee. After final profession, Sister Jennifer taught at O’Gorman High School. This was followed by graduate studies at the University of St. Louis where she earned a Masters in Religious Studies.
Sister Jennifer’s ministries have included teaching at the college level, serving various health systems in Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota, and South Dakota, notably serving as regional director in both North and South Dakota, President of Benedictine Health System in Yankton, hospital chaplain, Monastery Procurator, and Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery.
Sister Jennifer most recently was the Canonical Administrator with another group of Benedictine Sisters. She has just finished this ministry and is now on sabbatical until September.
Of her Jubilee she says, “I am grateful for the call to join the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton and for God’s faithfulness in helping me live out that call. My life has been full of surprises, all of which have been blessings to me. I have enjoyed the opportunity to know, love, and serve, not only my own community, but many Sisters from other Benedictine communities.” (Yankton Benedictines, Spring 2016)
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”