Remembering Our Beloved Sisters
Joanne Williams, OSB
Reflection for Sister Joanne Williams, OSB
Wake Service- June 5, 2013
By Sister Carolyn Sieg, OSB
with great sadness that I reflect on the life and passing of
Sister Joanne Williams. We gathered as a community for a
healing novena for Sister. It is fitting that we take a
moment and recall a passage: All powerful God, creator of
the heavens and the earth, we believe that you hold the
world in your hands. Helpless we stand before you. We
entrust ourselves to your wisdom.
Joanne and I are both from St. Joan of Arc Parish. It seems
like we’ve always been connected. Sister Joanne grew up here
in Lisle on Maple Ave. just a mile or so from the Monastery.
We started school together at St. Joan of Arc and she
continued her religious education as an R.E. student with
Sister De Paul. We reconnected and spent our high school
years at Sacred Heart Academy.
Just as a
tree goes strong when its roots are firmly planted she
flourished in her religious community and her local
communities and spent most of her life teaching in
elementary schools. During her calling to the educational
field that spanned over 24 years Sister Joanne taught in
Ohio, Texas and Chicago.
Joanne’s spent 10 satisfying years as a teacher and then
went on to become principal of Our Lady of Lourdes in
Chicago, which she quickly grew to love. At Our Lady of
Lourdes she was touched by the extreme poverty of some areas
of the city. After long hours as the chief executor of the
school she turned her efforts to the needy. She entered into
an agreement with Carson Pirie Scott to collect their excess
clothing and home furnishings. She would organize her
gatherings and invite the parishioners to “shop” at a
greatly reduced price and then donate the proceeds back to
gifted Sister with a talent for art and she worked to
receive a M.S. in Design Education. She put her talents to
work creating an after school program called “Young
Rembrandts” as well as becoming the Diocesan Art Coordinator
for schools on Chicago’s west side. Music, another great
love of hers, brought her to the parish choir. Once, while
attending the funeral of the father of one of my teachers
who was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes, I was
struck by how much compassion and pure joy she brought to
the music ministry. Her motto was, “Live your lives to the
fullest, be happy and praise God daily.” Forever bringing
the word of God to the people Sister Joanne joined Bishop
Dempsey in his mission to form The Westside Cluster of
Catholic Parishes, and visited various groups within these
great devotion to the school and parish, her untiring work
with both teachers and students, her deep and unselfish love
for parishioners and students, were determining factors in
her having been chosen as recipient of the Humanitarian
early 90’s when the school closed, the parish priests gave
each sister the gift of a vacation and for the first time
Sister Joanne went on a trip accompanied by Sr. De Paul to
Canada, Sea World and Disneyland.
from the trip of a lifetime, another challenge awaited
Sister Joanne. She and Sister DePaul returned to Sacred
Heart Monastery bringing along with them her cat, Sabrina.
Upon her return Sister Joanne accepted the position of
Hospitality Director at the Queen of Peace Center. Her
outstanding attribute of hospitality kept her involved with
the living facility in many different capacities.
Joanne did everything in her power to welcome new residents
as they painfully left their own homes. She comforted and
worked with them as they made the adjustment to their new
lifestyles. She also served as the Alumnae Director for the
Benedictine Sisters, staying in touch with all Sacred Heart
Joanne was so gracious, loving and gentle. Even in her final
days, after recovery assistance, her response was a gentle
"Thank You." Now as a community, we say "Thank You" to you
for being such a gentle person. Our Benedictine community
was blessed to have you as a member.
our beloved Sister Joanne, we ask the heavenly choir to
welcome you, we ask the many residents of Queen of Peace who
have journeyed on before you to see that you now enjoy your
new heavenly mansion and we ask that the Lord welcome you
and give you new life.
my old friend, you were one of a kind.
Lord bless you.
May the Lord keep you.
May the Lord lift up His Divine countenance and bring you
Reflection for Sister Alma Bratrsovsky, OSB
Wake Service- June 3, 2013
By Sister Mary Bratrsovsky, OSB
Reading from St. Pual's second letter to the Corinthians
"Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap
sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without
sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for
you, so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is
written: "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his
righteousness endures forever."
who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will
supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of
your righteousness. You are being enriched in every way for
all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to
God, for the administration of this public service is not
only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also
overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. Through the
evidence of this service, you are glorifying God for your
obedient confession of the gospel of Christ and the
generosity of your contribution to them and to all others,
while in prayer on your behalf they long for you, because of
the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for
his indescribable gift! The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to
God for his indescribable gift! Sister Mary Alma!
1954, Sister Alma’s parents were celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary, and for the first time in their history
Sister Immaculate, Annunciata and Alma were able to come to
Colorado for a visit. What do I most remember about this
experience? Sister Immaculate was a principal of Sacred
Heart Academy for girls, she was tall, serious and for me
intimidating. Sister Alma – where was her smile? Sister
Annunciata – a gentle smile, simple, conversant with a limp
as a result of polio. They were most proud of my Mom and Dad
and all of us, promised us their continued prayers and said
they would pray that some of us would find our way into
religious life. Later, in vocation literature we found a
warm smile on Sister Alma’s countenance. Wow- Alma can
smile. My older sister of two years and I had thought about
religious life but were quite clear that the personality of
our Dominican aunt who came to visit almost yearly, played
basketball with us and had a “fun’ personality would be our
choice if religious life were in our future.
forward to 1960, my married aunt and sister of the three
sisters in Lisle wanted to gift my older sister a graduation
from high school present – come to Lisle with them to help
“babysit their 5 children and see Lisle. Impressed with the
religious life and the Benedictine spirit of her aunts my
sister asked my dad if she could return in the fall to enter
religious life. My Dad was could see a plot in the
graduation present as more than a gift or a baby-sitting
job, and suggested that she wait a year, visit other
communities and remember why she had early on divested
herself of her interest in Lisle. Needless to say a year
later she did enter here and I followed.
this story because being a member of Sacred heart Monastery
and coming to know my aunts very well has turned my first
impressions and hesitations into deep appreciation both for
the gift of Benedictine life and admiration for my aunts as
models of Benedictine life and I now convincingly say
“Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift called Sister
Alma and my Benedictine way of life.”
Alma, baptized Zita Bratrsovsky was born in Brainard,
Nebraska, on December 10, 1917. Her first two years of high
school were spent at the rural school in Touhy, Nebraska;
Inspired by her sister Antoinette, a graduate of 1929, Zita
decided to attend Sacred Heart Academy in her junior and
senior years. Here she was loved by the Sisters as well as
by the students. Quoted in the newspaper Echo, “Never in a
hurry, but always thoughtful, prudent, and sensible, Zita
proved to her fellow students the worth of the saying, “Slow
Alma, in telling her own story, wrote “I came to Sacred
Heart Academy as a junior, and knowing that everyone would
have wanted me to enter, made me very adamant and I did not
want to do so. About a month before my graduation from high
school, I started to think very seriously about my future.
I realized that my obstinate nature obstructed my vision and
stood in the way of my decision. I knew religious life was
meant for me. We were poor, and did not have the money to
go home and then come back, so I decided to enter on
graduation day. I had won a scholarship to Mt. St.
Scholastica in Atchison, but gave that up in favor of a
religious vocation here at Sacred Heart.
brother, Cyril, who knew that I had been determined not to
enter, felt that there might be some coercion on the part of
the sisters, so he sent my mother to my graduation to find
out what it was all about.
course, my mother would not try to dissuade me. We had a
nice visit and she returned to Nebraska without me, fully
satisfied that it was my decision to enter. I entered, as
planned, on June 9, 1935, and am forever grateful to Sister
Coletta, my aunt, and my mother for my vocation.
senior year Zita was vice president of her class, managing
editor of the Echo, president of the Chemistry club,
secretary of the Jaeger Debate club, and assistant
Alma graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1935 and
subsequently received a degree in Mathematics from DePaul
University. She has served her community in many ways
during her life at Sacred Heart. She was a teacher of
Commercial Arts at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Chicago,
math at Sacred Heart Academy and Benet Academy, and various
grades in Joliet, Haugen, Wisconsin, Warren, Ohio and Fort
Worth, Texas. At Illinois Benedictine College (now
Benedictine University) she served 10 years as Financial Aid
Director. Not quite ready for full retirement, Sister went
on to work as a typist at Waste Management in Oakbrook for
three more years.
home in the monastery, Sister was Sub-Prioress, Secretary,
Treasurer and Community Archivist.
very full working life, Sister Alma enjoyed her retirement
at the monastery. She stayed busy with a variety of tasks
and had developed her already significant typing skills into
very helpful computer skills. She helped with large
mailings during the year. Sister Alma especially loved to
stay in touch with relatives, friends and former students
via email. Sister Alma loved to tat, an increasingly rare
handwork art form, and made lovely doilies and handkerchief
edgings. Her beautiful crocheted baby blankets and outfits
have been treasured gifts.
moved into the now Sacred Heart Monastery, Sister Alma
wrote, “When, God willing, I will live to see my
community in its new monastery, I will help create community
within its new surroundings and I will continue to pray for
those who have ministries outside the monastery. I will
pray that the members of our community will, by their
example, spread peace and harmony to our surrounding
community and attract new members to our community.”
I did not
know much about what was going on at Sacred Heart during my
growing up years but I hear tell that while advisor of some
of the classes at SHA some girls got away with murder and
Alma was known to join in. At Alumnae gatherings she
continued to be their favorite. She was always present at
alumnae gatherings up to her 93rd birthday, I have heard
stories that as study hall moderator she tatted as she
sternly paced the floor – had a pretty good memory as one
girl was known to have asked to use the bathroom two
evenings in a row and was told no the second night because
she had gone the night before.
in community, when Mother Amelia was prioress, I hear tell
that Sister Alma, as sub-prioress, pretty much ran the show
as Mother Amelia was often ill. They were best of friends.
Why do I
say “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! Sister
one she is my aunt, she prayed me into this community which
I love and for which I am grateful.
been a model to me and to our community of a generous and
cheerful giver. She was very good at everything she did both
at Sacred Heart Academy and in religious life. Until age 94
she remained an excellent typist. She would type anything
for me, or for others, that was asked of her, she could
skillfully email to me or to others what she typed, she
assisted Sister Helen in the business office using excel
with exactness. She liked being asked and loved doing for
others. She never wasted time. At the switchboard she could
be seen crocheting or tatting. Each of her family members
owns a tatted rosary and many other tatted items. Late into
the night she would pray the rosary with a tape or CD player
while she tatted She loved to watch football and tape the
games for Sister Helen – again while she tatted. She wanted
to be helpful and often asked how she could be. I called
Archbishop Daniel Kucera a few days ago to apprise him of
Alma’s declining health. He was most complimentary of her
ten years of service to now Benedictine University as
Financial Aid Director which leads me and all of us to say
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! Sister Mary
most attentive to presence at Mass and Divine Office.
Whether in the basket on her power scooter or on her walker
she always had the worship aid The Word of God Among us.
family was most present to us. We have seen her brothers and
sisters and their families often at jubilees. Now her Sister
Jeanne and family is all that is left on earth. They have
been most faithful to keeping in touch with telephone calls
to Sister Alma, letters from her niece Mary Kaye and
multiple trips to Lisle from her nieces and nephews.
loved her desserts especially chocolate and ice cream. The
first item on her tray for meals was always the dessert.
Before Sister Afra, who was very thoughtful about seeing to
Alma’s ice cream needs, went back to Africa she charged me
with giving Alma ice cream at bedtime. An easy task because
she was always grateful. Of course I enjoyed ice cream as
a late person for going to bed. Lately, I peeked in on her.
One night – late- she was out of her room and I found her
walking with her walker in the corridor in our St. Walburga
Care Center. I said, Alma what are you still doing up? Her
reply-Just what you are doing – walking the corridor – no, I
am raiding the cookie jar
good to us. She knew when to quit – be it teaching, driving,
giving up jobs she loved, giving up her power scooter, her
tatting and with less ease her bedroom.
Alma, we say goodbye to your earthly presence among us. You
have modeled for us one who sowed and reaped bountifully.
You have done it, without sadness or compulsion, for you
knew that God loves a cheerful giver.
are being enriched in every way for all your generosity,
through the evidence of your service, you have glorified
God, and we now ask you to intercede to God for our needs
and we give thanks to God for you, his indescribable gift!
Reflection for Sister Mary Andrea Kallus, OSB
Wake Service- x, 2013
By Sister Carolyn Sieg, OSB
is to Pray
struggled to put my thoughts about Sister Andrea down on
paper, with pen in hand, two things came readily to mind:
Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to
receive from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord.
a time would be the other way to begin this ordinary - as
well as extraordinary story of our sister, Andrea.
Josephine Kallus, the 4th of twelve children of Robert and
Cecilia Kallus in a story book hamlet called Hostyn, Texas.
Josephine lived an idyllic childhood as a farmer/rancher's
daughter helping out at home and with her brother's and
sisters. Out of this inner rhythm and harmony of a close
family came the "extraordinary call" for Josephine and 4 of
her sisters, to become Benedictines here at Sacred Heart.
Andrea came to live with us at the age of 19 in April of
1936 after hearing about the Benedictine Sisters, their
ministries and their commitment to hospitality, from two
priests who traveled to her home parish from St. Procopius
From her gentle beginning in that small town overlooking the
Colorado River, Sister Andrea brought her talents for care
and comfort to St. Procopius College, St Joseph Orphanage,
St. Joan of Arc, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Benedict's Home
for the Aged in Niles and Holy Mount in Cicero.
thirty years, until her retirement from St. Joan of Arc
Parish, Sister Andrea shared her quiet elegance and gifts in
the culinary arts with her family in Christ. One can't help
but envision her performing duties with much grace as
sacristan for the church where she moved almost silently
cleaning the sanctuary, taking care of the altar and
providing clean church linens, setting the table of the Lord
with skill and determination. From God's earth to His table
Sister Andrea provided the sisters, priests and staff of the
parish with delicious meals and baked creations. Each
weekend she brought mouth watering houska and kolachky to
the priests and sisters. After her retirement, Sister took
up the stewardship of the land and worked to make the world
a better place with her recycling efforts.
gentlewoman with a quiet, unassuming manner, Sister Andrea
accomplished much in a loving and giving way. Living
according to the Rules of St. Benedict Sister Andrea showed
great concern and care "...in the reception of the poor and
of pilgrims" where she showed "the greatest care and
solicitude because it is especially in them that Christ is
received..." Sharing her ministry even more, Sister managed
to be an active participant in the Ministry to the
Homebound, using her free time to share her rare gift of
comfort with those parishioners who needed a listening ear.
grace in daily living depends on how much we participate in
finding it. Sister Andrea was always engaged, sought out
God's presence, and found grace in the process - along with
a surge of energy, as well. When I think of Sister Andrea, I
think of her hands; they were much like my mother's hands
and just looking at them brought comfort and wonderful
memories. With her hands Sister Andrea put her heart,
spirit, thought and love of the Lord into action. I've
always looked at the table as a sacred space for everyone in
community to give thanks and to come together, both as
individuals and as community. I will never look at a well
dressed table without thinking of Sister's Andrea's gifts
table was the extension of the Eucharistic Table. In the
Eucharist we are fed. At the Monastic table we are both
spiritually and physically fed. Especially when the bread is
hearty and good, the meal enables us to taste and see that
the Lord is with us.
Andrea brought hearty bread and plates ripe with the Lord's
bounty to the table. She said of herself, "My special joy is
cooking and has been my main ministry throughout my
came to me that Sister had died I said a heartfelt prayer
and went in search of my copy of Shel Silverstein's “The
Giving Tree.” When I think of the tree in the story it
reminds me of Sister Andrea. It always has. How she gave and
gave and gave, asked nothing in return and then gave some
more - and how in the end she was happy.
ago, Sister was anointed and she told the nurse she was
happy - and would be busy; that she was going far away and
that she would be very busy. The nurse questioned her,
"Where are you going, Sister Andrea?" "I'm going to heaven."
Sister answered. But we all know that Sister was too busy to
go. The energizer bunny just would not quit and she kept
going. That is how I want to remember her - always
going……now gone to heaven with so many things to do when she
but a handful of people who come into our world, and touch
our lives in a dramatic fashion. Some are just flickers of
light during a long life, while others are consistent and
glow for years. Sister Andrea was a constant shinning star.
Her way of giving, of comforting, and her zest for life
along with her quiet peacefulness are an example to all.
Andrea was born from God's circle of light. She lived her
entire life as a spark from that Great Light. She has now
returned to the Great Light.
sun shall be no more your light by day, Nor for brightness
shall the moon give light to you by night; But the Lord will
be your everlasting light, And your God will be your glory.
Sister Andrea and all who are here today. May the light of
the Lord and the spark that is Sister Andrea shine in all of
Reflection for Sister
Margaret Bebb, OSB
Wake Service- January 7, 2013
By Sister Christine Kouba, OSB
“Our Father Who Art in
Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be
done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but
deliver us from evil. Amen.” (Matt 6 9-13)
These words were well
imprinted on Sister Margaret’s mind. It was with attentive
verbalization that Margaret would repeat with us these words
as we put her to bed during these last, declining years of
her earthly life. Though her verbal responses of late were
minimal, the remembrance of the “Our Father” truly portrayed
her innate understanding of who God was for her.
Margaret Bebb was born on
October 30, 1926 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The story of her
life is truly, a magnificent unfolding of God’s plan for
her. Being the only girl and the youngest child in her
family, she was brought up by devoted parents, Kenneth and
Gertrude Bebb and two protective, older brothers, Edwin and
Kenneth who both became surgeons. She, on the contrary, was
not meant for the world of medicine but to be a music
teacher of prominence. At age six she began taking piano
lessons and later studied the cello as well. She received
her Master’s degree in Musicology from Texas State College
for Women and then was on the faculty of the music
department at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. It was from
there that she met Mademoiselle Gousseau, the renowned
concert pianist from Paris who was on tour in the Dallas
area and Margaret was asked to accompany her on the tour. At
a French restaurant in Dallas, over French cuisine,
Mademoiselle Gousseau suggested that Margaret would come to
Paris to study with her. Margaret was surprised at such an
offer and with excited delight was wondering how this could
happen. The next day she was in her brothers’ medical
offices to determine how she could bring about this miracle.
Her brothers knew a millionaire cowboy, an oil man who could
lend her money, interest free and when her brothers asked
him, he offered her a sufficient sum of money for her two
year expenses, which when she returned she gratefully paid
him back in monthly installments.
Little did she know how much
her life would change from this point on. So, from
1954-1956, in the National Paris Conservatory, she was
spending six hours a day practicing piano and going to or
performing in numerous concerts. In her autobiography, she
states “those were two fantastic years. I knew they were
God’s gift to me”. She loved living close to Mademoiselle
Gousseau’s brother’s family of nine children. The Gousseau
family’s Christian example had a great influence on her. The
children were creative and bright and would often put on
short plays for her. The family was Catholic and she was
inspired by the family’s devotion to their Catholic faith.
She decided to join the Catholic Church while in Paris. She
said the Church ceremony of her acceptance to the Catholic
faith was all in French and she didn’t understand a word of
it. She would need to learn more about the Catholic faith
when she came back to the States.
I was stationed in Wichita
Falls, Texas at Our Lady Queen of Peace school, when
Margaret had just come back from her two-years in Paris. Her
conversion to Catholicism did not sit well with her family
especially with her Mother. She greatly needed a Catholic,
support group of friends so she first came to us and was a
frequent visitor. With our Benedictine Sisters’ guidance,
she soon joined our parish choir, later became the organist
and you can imagine how much our admiring parishioners loved
her musical talent. Always emphasizing the importance of
enunciating well every sung word in proclaiming the Gospel
message, the choir became perfected under her direction. She
also started a boys’ choir and taught music in our school
staying in touch with the spirit of the Catholic faith. As a
cello player in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, she
would offer us free tickets for their concerts.
Her visits with our
Benedictine Sisters continued to be frequent and when asked
to visit with us at Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle, she
jumped for it. There was something drawing her closer to a
dedicated life and she wanted to experience our daily
horarium. In 1962-1969, Margaret became a member of our
Benedictine community. With her Mother’s death in 1969, it
was her decision to leave in order to take care of her
beloved Father. However, Margaret and her Father would visit
us in the summers as her heart remained in Lisle. After her
Father died, in 1988, Margaret told her private music
students and their parents that she had plans to re-enter
the Benedictines. She then distributed all her goods and
responded whole heartedly to God’s call to make her monastic
profession. Continuing her musical teaching background, she
was invited to teach music at Benedictine University and
also gave private music lessons. In her history of giving
piano lessons she not only taught music but related well
with her students, listening to them and counseling them in
their character formation as well. She was a brilliant woman
who led her students to excel in their musical talents many
of whom were winners in state competitions and would become
In 1992, Sister Margaret
received her Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from
Mundelein College in Chicago and received an assistantship
to work on the development of the Center for Women and
Peace. Bringing her knowledge back to the Monastery, she
became involved in the formation of the peace and justice
ministry of the Sisters. She was given the charge of the
PADS program (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) and this
program, in our DuPage County, was hosted by our Sisters on
Thursday nights when homeless guests came to our Monastery
gym for food and shelter for the night. Sister Margaret
worked hard with the volunteers; teaching them to see Jesus
in the homeless as he also walked the streets and depended
on people to feed Him. It was a charitable work and Sister
Margaret was at her best making sure the guests had gloves,
warm socks and caps to keep them warm as they spent their
days out in the cold. She did this until we began our
construction project for Villa S. Benedict.
Around 2004, Sister Margaret
was aware of her failing memory but kept up with helping in
many ways. She helped take care of the dining room, folded
laundry, worked on word games and puzzles, listened to music
and kept following our daily horarium of prayer and meals.
Slowly, her memory kept declining but always she accepted
her cross graciously. We all loved to tease her and make her
smile. Her winning smile was a trademark of her joyful,
loving spirit. In the last few years, she could no longer do
the things she was able to do but she was in her world of
dreams when listening to music, whether of the classical
greats like Mozart or Beethoven or Pachelbel but even the
contemporary greats like Andrea Bocelli, El Divo, Josh
Grobin and many others. She retained her deep-seated love
for music and would respond to the sound of music, often by
tapping her toes or swinging her fingers as if directing an
We loved her and will miss
her bodily presence. However, our faith tells us she is with
her loving Savior singing the praises of God and loving it.
In thanksgiving for her full and wonder-filled life we will
continue to sing God’s praises with her: “Come; let us sing
joyfully to the Lord. Let us joyfully sing out our psalms.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice. For the Lord
has come to save us.”
Reflection for Sister Roberta Knakal, OSB
Wake Service- January 5, 2010
By Sister Christine Kouba, OSB
Jesus was going around selecting his apostles he saw Nathanael coming
toward him and he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite.
There is no duplicity in him. Nathanael said, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig
tree.” Nathanael answered, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the
King of Israel." Sister Roberta’s character was quite similar to that of
Nathanael. Jesus too would say of her, “Here is a true child of God,
there is no duplicity in her.” She would then say, “How do you know me?”
Jesus would reply, “I have known you from your birth; you have been
precious in my eyes,” and she would respond, “Jesus, You are the Son of
God; You have been born for us to be our Savior and to be the King of
all the nations.
of us who knew Sister Roberta well, know that she was a true-blue child
of God, there was no guile in her. This purity of heart was evident
especially in her last days. She was completely centered on God and was
very appreciative of others. As her admiring family circled around her
recliner chair in St. Walburga’s Care Center here last Sunday; in a
presiding mode, she delivered her “state of belief” address. She told
them that God was going to call her home soon. She instructed them to
remain pleasing to God and always do God’s will. She reminded them that
she loved them and that they would see each other again after the
resurrection of the dead when they would all live together for all
eternity. Then as the family prayed for her, she interrupted them
saying, “Let us also pray for world peace.” Her reassuring speech was a
touching manifestation of her profound faith. That evening as we were
positioning her to make her comfortable for the night, she thanked us
for the good care we had given her and said she loved us all. A few
minutes later she drew her last breath being welcomed into the arms of
her merciful Savior. It was the feast of the Epiphany, January 3, 2010.
1956, I first got to know Sister Roberta. First of all, five of us
Sisters were assigned for a new school at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
in Wichita Falls, Texas. On meeting with the Monsignor Pastor when we
arrived there, he asked who of us could play the organ. All of us agreed
we could find middle C on the piano and one Sister proudly announced she
could play Chop-Sticks with two hands. That was not good news for the
went back to the rectory and called the Reverend Mother here in Lisle.
Two days later Sister Roberta, who had barely made her first profession,
arrived to be not only the organist but also a school teacher. With
Sister’s arrival we were a happy community of six and, of course, the
pastor was most happy to have an organist.
five years in Texas, Sister Roberta was always missioned from now on
with a double ministry as organist and teacher. She served at Our Lady
of Lourdes School and later St. Vitas School in Chicago and then at
Sacred Heart Academy and stayed at Benet Academy in Lisle for over 20
years. Since 1968, Sister Roberta helped as part time organist at our
monastery and some years later became full time along with being choir
director, composer and compiler of music for the Sisters’ Liturgy of the
Hours and the organist for the daily Mass attended by the Sisters and
later as well, by the Villa St. Benedict Residents.
Roberta had received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St.
Procopius College and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Boston
College. This was her background for teaching Math at Benet Academy and
it also accounted for her measured preciseness and good stewardship in
everything she did.
desire for advancement in music was evident when in 1991 she began
working for her second major in music with a concentration on Piano
Pedagogy at Benedictine University. This gave her credibility to give
private music lessons. Her greatest love, however, was to be able to
play the piano and organ well for the Liturgy. She was a member of the
Benedictine Musicians of America an organization that meets
biennially for the development of worship in the light of the Second
Vatican Council. The thrust of this group is to encourage musicians to
be men and women of prayer and to be faithful to the Benedictine legacy.
Though Sister Roberta never made a big deal about it, one of her
compositions entitled “I Will Sing Forever of Your Kindness
and of Your Love, O Lord” was accepted for publication by the
Benedictine Musicians of America. Many of the antiphons we use in
the Liturgy of the Hours are her compositions as well. Perhaps the most
beautiful are those she composed for the feast of St. Scholastica.
modesty, Sister Roberta would never have considered herself as a
remarkable organist but I believe she was. In 2005, using our new
digital organ for the re-dedication of our chapel, her performance was
outstanding. When I complimented her saying that her organ playing
sounded like a full orchestra, she responded, “I didn’t play alone, I
had Divine Assistance.” However, due to her failing health in the last
few years, she lacked the energy needed for this awesome, daily task but
she continued to push herself to do it as best as she could.
Besides being gifted in music and mathematics, Sister Roberta loved to
go fishing. Almost every summer she would go fishing with her friend
Noreen in Wisconsin. Other times when she went on vacation with her
Sister Betty’s family, even if her family didn’t schedule a fishing
trip, she herself would conjure up someone who would rent her a boat. It
was her time to relax, catch some blue gills and maybe meet the Lord in
person on the lake.
Sister Roberta now, her earthly days are done, and now her desire to
please God has taken on a new, unbroken day of love, light and peace. We
took her for granted when she was with us but now, we miss the
faithfulness she had for her ministry and her gentleness of spirit. We
are blessed to have had her as our Sister. To quote one of her favorite
psalms of praise and thanksgiving, we pray with her now;
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
To sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your kindness at dawn
And your faithfulness throughout the
With ten-stringed instrument and lyre,
With melody upon the harp,
For you make me glad, O Lord,
By your deeds,
At the works of your hands I rejoice.
February 12, 1920 – May 3, 2009
Vespers -- May 5,
Reflection by Sister Helen Jilek
Life Steeped in the “mysticism” of the “ordinary” daily human
words were written by Sister Celine as the last verse of a thank you
note to her family and our community. Before I read her note of thanks,
let me reflect on her life based on a Magnificat she also wrote during
retreat in 1988.
“My soul exults
and rejoices in you Yahweh my Savior. You bestowed countless blessings
on me--- and always held me in the palm of your hand.”
a beautiful day! The sky is blue; the sun is shining….One day closer to
spring”. These words Celine often spoke at breakfast table in the last
few months of her life. She longed for the beauty of the new growth of
spring and the brightness of the new day sun. The beauty inside the
monastic walls, the decorations in chapel and the outside world always
touched her. Her love of nature took her for many a walk outside
with Sister Margaret or going on a trip with Villa St Benedict, St Joan
of Arc Golden Agers, the Park District to the Flower Show or through
Morton Arboretum as the seasons changed. She traveled to different
parts of the world with her sister, Cele, enjoying the beauty of each
trip. She loved singing praise to God, whether it was singing the
“Easter Alleluias”, leading prayer as a cantor, taking her science
classes on a nature hike, walking to the Grotto with the sisters in the
novitiate to sing a Gelineau Psalm or visiting Father Gilbert and his
many rose bushes at St Procopius Academy. Her dedication to community
involvement, community prayer, singing in choir and lectio was a
constant. These were many ways for her to express her joy and love. Yes,
her soul still exults in the Lord.
“You have given
me the loving and stable support of my community and my family and
Celine Laketek, (Rose) was the fifth of six children born to Czech
immigrants, John and Frances Laketek on February 12, 1920 in Chicago,
Illinois. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Father
Victor and Father Gilbert of St Procopius Abbey; and two sisters, Anne
Kment and Mary Binder. Her sister Cele remains as the sole
survivor of this close knit family. They grew up in the Pilsen
neighborhood in Chicago, a community closely connected with their
church, St Vitus. Almost every corner had a church of a different
ethnic back ground; even today you identify yourself by the church you
belonged to. She was taught by the Benedictines at St Vitus Grade
School and came to Lisle to attend Sacred Heart Academy along with her
sister, Cele. Sister Celine’s aunt, Sister Josephine Prince and a
cousin, Sister Dolorosa were Benedictines and that’s how she came to be
introduced to the monastery. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery in
August 1937, making her Monastic Profession on August 15, 1939.As a
child Celine grew up during the Depression. When her father lost
his job, the family became very poor. Yet her mother always had
something extra for a neighboring family that might also be struggling.
The concept of taking care of and being with her sisters in community
began with family influence. It was very important to Celine to
have a connection with community. She spent many a day or night sitting
with a sister that was hospitalized. She regularly visited the
sick and did pop in visits to the Benedale residents. If only a couple
minutes, she stopped in to reassure them that someone remembered them
and was praying for them. If we had guests she made sure she introduced
herself and talked with them. She made weekly phone calls to friends
that lived alone, making a connection and promising to pray for them.
In her most recent years Celine would
often say, “Don’t get old, it’s no fun.” She had her share of surgeries
throughout the years. Celine was very private about her own well
being; in fact she thought it was none of our business. On one
occasion she went to the hospital for a serious surgery and probably
told only the Prioress about it. As she was leaving with a small
suitcase to go to the hospital, one of the sisters told her to have a
good time, not knowing she was having major surgery! As the aging
process caught up with her, she dealt with a loss of hearing.
Hearing aids and she were not good friends. I remember her telling me a
few times how lonely she felt because she couldn’t hear the
conversations at table. She wanted to be connected with us. Celine
always gave her piece of wisdom to us. It would be highly unusual for
her not to make a comment at the dining room table or a community
Sister Geraldine is a lifelong friend.
They grew up together, went to the same schools and entered the convent
together. They remained good friends throughout the years. Recently
Sister Geraldine wrote to Celine “The last time I came to Lisle you and
I came to the realization that our earthly sojourn some day will end,
and we said our good-byes, knowing well that we would never see each
other again. Now, Celine, it seems your strife is almost over and your
battle has been won. I wish I could be with you in person for this last
journey. We’ve walked a long way together and I trust we will one day be
together again.” “Let us continue to pray for each other as we always
have. If we do this, our friendship will reach its fulfillment in the
love of God and his holy mother. Yes, family, community and friends were
her love and support.
“You have guided me in the
various ministries of my life. I believe in your unconditional
love. I entrust my life and all those I hold as precious to your
Sister Celine started her teaching
career in 1939 at St Michael’s Grade School and then moved on to Holy
Mount, St Joseph Orphanage and the Junior High at Sacred Heart Academy.
Gifted will a good mind, she studied at and received a Bachelor’s of
Science degree from St Louis University. She then taught Biology for 3
years at Sacred Heart Academy until she was asked to be the Novice
Mistress. For 16 years she helped form those who entered our community.
We all have many stories to tell, whether it was working in the garden,
dusting chapel, working in the laundry, climbing apple trees, picking
beans, doing dishes or having class with Sister Mistress. We
learned the liturgical year and all the feasts; read “Little Placid”,
studied the Rule and learned Gregorian chant. It had to be a proud
moment when each of her understudies became professed as a part of this
With the change of administration,
Celine went back to teaching Junior High students in Queen of Peace
School, Wichita Falls, Texas, St Joan of Arc, Lisle and St James the
Apostle, Glen Ellyn.
One of the loves of her life was
reading. Her sister Cele tells of the times they would go to the
library to bring back arm loads of books. When asked what they
would do with all those books, they answered “Read them!” When they
couldn’t find any more good books at one library they would go to
another library to fill their appetite for reading. With this in
mind, it is no wonder that Celine would go on to study Library Science,
getting a Masters Degree at Rosary College and then spent 10 years as
Librarian at St Joan of Arc School.
While still at St Joan of Arc, she was
also the Sub Prioress and house coordinator at the monastery. It was
during this time that she saw a need to take care of our retired and
aging sisters. Knowing she would need some training for this work
she went by train to Hinsdale Hospital School of Nursing to become an
LPN and then worked in the infirmary for many years. She also extended
her services to the local community as she went on a regular basis to
the Park District to take blood pressure for the senior citizens.
Always knowing the importance of being
active and moving around, Celine took an exercise course called Body
Recall. She would have exercises with our infirm sisters and also
with the Assisted Living residents. She would have the group “catching
butterflies, playing the piano, or tossing a sponge ball to help keep
their muscles toned. She knew that even if you are infirmed and in a
wheelchair, there still are exercises that can help you. This also
became another way for her to mingle with and be present to the Villa St
In the final chapter of her ministerial
life, Celine was the community archivist. She worked many hours
organizing our history. A special bulletin board was put up in the
floor hallway of the new monastery so that she could display pictures of
our farm, early building projects, snake hill (Maple Avenue), the
original convent building and grounds, the chapel old and new. She
wanted us to always remember the past and the sisters who got us here.
Yes, Celine was given many opportunities
for enrichment and studies; these blessings she turned into going the
extra mile to use her talents and energy for her community, Villa St.
Benedict residents, family and friends.
And as a final
thank you, Sister Celine wrote the following words. (I quote):
“I am grateful to God for the years
spent in the service of the church in this community.
I thank all my OSB Sisters for their
love and support. I am grateful to my family for their steadfast
and caring presence in all life and for their unfailing goodness to me
at all times. My appreciation for my community and family has,
indeed, increased through the years.
I thank God for the gift of a simple,
unheroic life and for the grace to be of service to others. My
life has been steeped in the “mysticism” of the “ordinary” daily human
experiences.” (End of quote)
Celine, we thank you for your faithfulness and ever present love to all
of us. Yes, as Sister Geraldine said “we’ve walked a long way together”.
May you rest in peace!
November 16, 2008
(Sr. Mildred’s Reflection at Sister
Charlotte’s Wake Service)
THE QUEEN OF CHOCOLATES
early in life, this love for chocolates. Knowing Virgie’s
weakness for them, her mother made sure that they were kept out
of sight and out of reach, the urge for sweets would not be that
tempting. The old-fashioned walk-in pantry with high shelves
was thought to be a safe place. However, little Virgie was not
going to be defeated when it came to indulge in a Fannie Mae.
She therefore instigated her brother Chuck to help in the
conspiracy. “I’ll boost you up and you get the box,” she
told him. As the climb was about to be completed, Virgie
suddenly heard her mother’s footsteps. Quick as a flash, Virgie
took to flight, leaving poor Chuck hanging in mid-air, forcing
him to take the punishment for the attempted chocolate robbery.
example leads me into showing the sweetness and happy disposition of her
life. Happiness, which is the meaning of her family name, was truly
She was born and raised by her parents, Charles and Mary Vesely in
Cicero, and attended St. Francis of Rome Grammar School. On occasion
she attended church services at Our Lady of the Mount. High school days
were spent at Sacred Heart Academy. Here she observed the lifestyle of
the Sisters. After graduation she decided to make her home with them,
and so serve the Lord in prayer and work, under a new name, that of
Sister Charlotte. Her beautiful voice was an asset to the community
choir. At any given moment she was able to sing and carry the tune.
Sister Charlotte was trained, disciplined and exercised in performing
many tasks. I’ll mention a few. At Sacred Heart Academy, she sponsored
the freshmen, to whom she endeared herself. Her jolly and friendly ways
uplifted their spirits, especially when they felt the absence of home
and dear ones.
Later she was to be sent to Texas. At first this was thought to be a
hardship. Going to the state of Texas with only one companion and to be
a pioneer to a new mission, felt impossible. However, her qualms and
fears quickly vanished. With a smile on her face and a concealed tear,
she and Sister Raphael headed out to Texas where they were received with
open arms. St. George’s Parish was not to be their home for the next
St. Thomas’s another Texas mission was the fortunate recipient of her
talents. Here, her gift of music was put to work. Many hours were
spent in choir practice, thus producing beautiful singing. At the same
time she managed to keep a full-time teaching schedule. Never the less,
work did not prevent her from having a good time. She found ways and
means to bring cheer at the end of a busy day. The holidays were also a
delight. St. Nick and his angel always managed to bring gifts and
Her ambition and knowledge led her to greater heights. Taking the
opportunity of being school supervisor, she visited classrooms and also
prepared young Sisters to enter the field of education with vim and
Sister Charlotte also gave many years of faithful service to St. Mary of
Celle Parish in Berwyn. As principal and organist she again experienced
success. Her method to gain the love and respect of children was not a
chocolate, but an open door to her office. The cure for a culprit or
sick child was an aspirin, band aid, lolly pop or a kind word of
encouragement. This was the soothing, sweet chocolate milk-shake that
brought comfort or healing.
Sister Charlotte’s disposition enabled her to meet challenges bravely
and cheerfully. Time came again to prove her courage. Benet Academy
opened its door to have her impart the knowledge of English and
Literature to classes of jolly teenagers. Like the intake of a cool
chocolate drink, she found her task refreshing.
The high light of her life was to be elected Prioress of this
community. Was this to be her crown of glory? Only time would tell.
Tough, difficult, changing times prevailed. Her desire and
determination spirited her to go forth and forge in a field that would
flourish and prosper. She persevered and served successfully and
untiringly for twelve years.
Pain and suffering spare no one. Sister Charlotte was not exempt.
Powerlessness to move about and the partial loss of sight, confined her
to a wheelchair. This was not sweet milk-chocolate, but rather that of
dark bitter sweetness. Still her positive attitude, cheerful spirit and
perhaps the indulgence of a chocolate allowed her to remain
light-hearted and happy. Often, she was seen with a smile on her face
and a song in her heart. She knew that the Christ within her was always
the Master. He was her true life, strength, sight, peace and
well-being. She trusted the working of her heavenly Father. She let go
and allowed Him to do His work.
Because of her patient endurance, may this queen be rewarded with a
crown of gems, brightened by the gold of her pleasant smile and good
May St. John Bosco and all the Saints welcome her to the heavenly
confectionery to enjoy everlasting sweetness.
As a tribute to her, let us become a radiating center of divine love and
bring peace and harmony to those we meet. Let us be that yummy
chocolate that spreads joy and good will wherever we go. Dear friends,
should you indulge in a sweet milk-chocolate, please think of Sister
Charlotte and remember her in prayer, and keep smiling.
OBITUARY NOTICE IN LOCAL PAPERS
Fifth Prioress of
Sacred Heart Monastery from 1973-85, Sister Mary Charlotte Vesely died
on November 14, 2008, at the age of 90. The Wake was held at Sacred
Heart Monastery on Sunday, November 16 with the Mass of Resurrection and
burial taking place on Monday, November 17.
The daughter of Charles
and Mary Vesely, members of St. Frances of Rome Parish in Cicero,
Virginia Vesely had one sibling, Charles, now deceased. She is survived
by two nieces, Carla (Bob) Priban of Normal, Il. and Mary Ann (Joseph)
Franks of Bolingbrook, IL. Her nephew, Mark (P.A.) lives in Cypress,
A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in 1935, Sister entered the
Benedictines that same year, and made final monastic profession in
1937. Earning a B.S. in English from St. Scholastica College in
Atchison, KS, and an M.A. in Education from DePaul University in
Chicago, Sister Charlotte had a long career in education as teacher and
principal. Sister Charlotte taught English, Voice and Music at Sacred
Heart Academy. She was also involved with the Minim Department, where
she taught Sacred Heart Academy’s elementary age students in the 1930’s
Sister Charlotte’s teaching career took her to Ft. Worth, Texas, where
she opened up St. George School. She also served as the principal of
St. Mary of Celle School in Berwyn, Illinois, and taught English at
Benet Academy for five years. In 1973, she was elected Prioress and
ministered to the Benedictine Sisters in that capacity for twelve
years. Under her leadership, the community renovated the Academy in
1977 to be used as the monastery. Gifted with a beautiful singing
voice, Sister Charlotte was a faithful cantor and choir member at the
monastery. Following her years as Prioress, Sister Charlotte worked in
Benet Academy’s Alumni Office and spent two years on the staff of Villa
Marcella Marie Moravec, OSB
February 15, 1928 – August
August 12, 2008
Reflection by Sister Karen
When we come
to Community we leave behind our families and become members of
a greater family. Most of us have lived together here at Sacred
Heart for over 40 years. Perhaps we could conclude that our
“desert years” have taught us to love and cherish each member.
We have had time to meet each others families, identify each
other’s gifts, pray together the Divine Office, eat at the table
of the Lord numerous times, and celebrate each others
successes. Together we witness the love of God through our
hospitality to family, friends and strangers. While all days
are not perfect as we see them, all days bring us graces to
continue in this Benedictine way.
was a true friend to me as well as to you. She
was born in Seymour, Texas and named Mary Georgia. She is
welcomed into heaven by her parents, her brothers Wence, Timothy
and Frank and her sister Angela. Before entering this community
she worked as a bookkeeper for a roofing company and a cashier
for a jewelry store in Wichita Falls. She also attended a
nearby college for classes in accounting.
to teach whether it was elementary grades, high school or
college she put forth great effort to do it well. She especially
liked teaching at Benet…Business Law, Typing and Accounting.
Her greatest joy in her studies was the attainment of the title
Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In community she felt
honored to have been asked to share her talents as Treasurer, a
job she never considered taxing. She helped me set up our first
journals for the Queen of Peace Center, while she was learning
to put her journals on our first computer system. Without her
aid we surely would have struggled to meet our deadlines.
work all the time, though it seemed so. She loved to get
outside either to walk around our grounds or to plant and care
for a number of our garden areas. She loved to bake bread and
pies, often spending precious time in the kitchen around
holidays. She was not a reader, per se, but she loved to listen
to tapes, especially those “self-help” tapes – why? Because she
always felt the need to improve herself. She also listened to
CD’s with a spiritual message.
hospitality is our mission, Marcie’s hospitality extended beyond
this Monastery. If she attended a Rotary function, Eyes to the
Skies, a Dinner/Dance at St. Mary’s, a golf outing dinner, she
was the one who put on an apron and went around selling raffle
tickets. She really couldn’t sit still and loved making
conversation with others.
When her term
as Treasurer ended, some thought she would retire. However,
Marcie needed to be busy. She still had much to give. With
God’s help, she answered an ad to use her talents assisting
Naperville ENT and truly loved to be with the Piazza’s, all the
doctors, and Mike, Marilyn, Gina, and was blessed to receive
hugs from Sally and Dominic when they visited the office.
Leaving them was a very difficult day for her.
Marcie was as
astounded as we when she learned that she had liver cancer.
When we thought that she might not make it through the surgery,
she surprised us by responding well. She coped with
chemotherapy and, when told that the tumor’s growth could not be
controlled by chemo any more, she submitted to hospice care.
She faithfully attended the Divine Office and Mass each day,
often praying the rosary with the Villa residents.
who loved life, delighted in dog sitting (a true animal lover at
heart), enjoyed a game of tri-ominos, laughed at crazy things,
may she rest in the loving arms of the Lord. She has truly
prepared well during her journey here on earth. She leaves
behind her nieces Ranee and Theresa, and her nephew Mike and
their families. For us, we have yet another saint in heaven who
will lovingly accept us when it is our turn to end this
Mary Louise Hartwig, OSB
Sister Mary Louise Hartwig, OSB,
fourth prioress of the Benedictine Sisters in Lisle died at the
age of 93 on September 4, 2007.
Vitus Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois Agnes Hartwig
attended Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle. After graduating Magna Cum Laude
from Loyola University, Sister taught at Sacred Heart Academy and grade
schools until 1947. Sister then to moved to assuming leadership roles as
Treasurer and Prioress until 1973. After her term in office she returned
to the educational field and parish work as secretary and organist at
Holy Trinity Parish in Haugen Wisconsin until 1985, when she retired.
of Sister’s career was receiving certification for transcribing Braille
for the blind, and then working as a volunteer to assist them. Sister
also enjoyed assisting with the PADS Program (Public Assistance to
Deliver Shelter) for the homeless. Sister served as the editor of the
Lisle Benedictine Women during the 70’s.
funeral services on Saturday, September 8th, Sister Mary Louise was
buried in St. Scholastica Cemetery on the monastery grounds. Surviving
members of her family are her brother Edward, nephew Brother Louis
Hurcik, CSC and nieces Mary Lou Johnson, & Valerie Navarre.
Generosa Francl, OSB
Wake Service December 10, 2008
By Sister ChristneKouba, OSB
As a former teacher,
Sister Generosa taught us some valuable lessons by her living example
since she returned home from the nursing facility a year and a half ago.
first lesson she taught us was to respect her life. Due to the loss of
her cognitive functions of memory and rational speech, and her inability
to walk because of her crippled legs, she was totally dependent on
others. She must have been aware, to some degree, of the physical
hardships she was experiencing. A normal question for her would have
been, “What was there to live for?” In our mindset of faith, however, we
knew that God had given Sister Generosa the gift of life and she in turn
gave us the gift of her disabled life. It was for us to learn to see the
suffering Savior in her. We were to care for her by keeping in mind the
day of our own judgment before God when we will be asked: “What did you
do for the least of my Sisters and Brothers?”
The second lesson she
taught us was that peace and happiness are the result of embracing God’s
will. A sense of peace and joy were the expression on Sister’s
face as she dozed daily in her chair in the infirmary lounge. Passersby
would remark at how angelic she looked. On awakening she would often
smile and show recognition with her eyes of whoever was near. At times,
she would try to speak though it was not understandable. Sometimes she
would giggle and since we were unaware of what she was laughing about,
we surmised it must have been a funny joke an angel had just whispered
third lesson she taught us was that God looks at the sincerity of one’s
heart not so much at high sounding words. The saying that when a baby
babbles, God becomes ecstatic and interprets the babbling to be a
grateful song of praise from this little creature. In the same way,
Sister Generosa, in her child-like innocence, would chant a repetitious
babble in the evening which sometimes sounded as if she were campaigning
for Obama, bama, bama. However, God hears things differently than humans
do and must have been very pleased to hear her mantra chant of praise.
fourth lesson she taught us was that we do not belong to this world. The
world no longer had a hold on her. Often when she was being fed, she
would stop and gaze toward the ceiling, sometimes blinking her eyes as
if celestial beings were present in her visual field. She no longer had
any interest in daily events, stories or music. She was totally immersed
in a world of tranquility, and in her vulnerability, God was slowly
carrying her away from us over the eternal bridge to that wonderful
place of blessing.
Then, what homework
did she assign? She assigned only one thing and that was for us to be
her friends. In other words, to confirm her human dignity by feeding her
when she was hungry, keeping her clean and comfortable, visiting and
consoling her when she was lonely or crying, and above all, praying for
her, thereby keeping her directed toward God, her one and only desire.
We are grateful for
what Sister Generosa taught us and we praise God for taking her away
from us on the feast of the Immaculate Conception since in her lifetime
she was so devoted to the Blessed Mother. We visualize her now as God’s
precious soul in total rapture as she worships God in spirit and in
truth. May she enjoy God’s promise of immeasurable happiness where
divine and human love dwell in fullness forever. Amen.