Susan, a dentist from Louisiana and Sacred Heart Monastery’s first Residential Volunteer, arrived on Friday October 9 after two days of driving. Upon her arrival, Susan noted the beauty of the area. She commented, “The season of Fall is a fitting time for change.” She will allow her time as a Residential Volunteer to be an opportunity for reflection and discernment as she considers a new chapter in her life. Susan’s plan is to volunteer in residence at the monastery for six months.
On Sunday, October 11, Sister Bonita, director of the residential volunteer program, introduced Susan to the Monastic Community, and Sister Penny, Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery, lead the Sisters in prayer and a blessing to formally welcome Susan into the program.
The Residential Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for enrichment, not only for the volunteers, but also for the Sisters. The Sisters look forward to sharing times of prayer, ministry, and recreation with the Residential Volunteers. While volunteering at the monastery, the historic home of Bishop Martin Marty on the sisters’ campus will be the initial residence for volunteers participating in the program.
Susan’s volunteer ministry began with mornings in the Monastery Bakery assisting Sister Barbara. On her first day in the bakery, Susan commented with a smile while buttering bread, “I’ve done a lot of cooking, just not a lot of baking.” During her first week, she also assisted in the Monastery Gift Shop with Sister Francine.
Outside of her hours serving in these ministry areas, she will have time for enrichment in various interests. These interests may include participation in Mount Marty College activities, interaction and leisure activities with Sisters, and experiencing nature, to name a few.
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