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Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sisters, those celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life!  Our final Diamond Jubilarian sister is celebrating 70 YEARS of service to Christ, Church, and Community…

Sister Madonna grew up one-half mile east of Epiphany, SD. “I was surrounded by faith-filled relatives, people of virtue, honesty, and kindness… our daily lives included familial and public prayer.” Entering the monastery proved to be challenging because her aunt, Mother Jerome, was prioress. “I was torn between experiencing her as an exacting authority figure and a loving, devoted Aunt.” After entering  the monastery in 1942, she attended Mount Marty High School, received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Marty College, a Bachelor of Liturgical Music from the Gregorian Institute of America, and a Masters in Music Education from USD.

She ministered as a liturgist and music instructor in many of our schools. She was also the Postulant Directress for six years while teaching chorus, piano, and speech at Mount Marty High School. After teaching at the elementary level, Sr. Madonna was a Parish Minister in the Grand Island Diocese and at St. Michael’s Parish in Sioux Falls and also served in Pastoral Care.

Since retiring, she continues sharing her life of faith by volunteering at both  Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Mount Marty College, she is also an avid gardener. S. Madonna shared, “In the year 2016, I will have walked the way of St. Benedict for seventy years. Mine has been a richly rewarding journey of peaks and valleys, ups and downs, fully cognizant that God is very much in all of it! How I wish that those who are searching God’s plan might take that leap of faith and experience the richness of the GIFT that is mine.”

As we close this National Catholic Sisters Week, we ask for your continued prayers for the sisters and nuns throughout our nation as well as those women who are now discerning 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


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