Nightfall, there’s Sr. Betsy next to a snow drift. Snug apartment, turtles decorate walls & flat surfaces.
Conversation, prayer, sharing, potato soup. Family talk – sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. And is Buddy-Prancer really a music critic?!
Sat, Jan 29, exploring Maryville, Mo., Northwest Missouri State University; beautiful campus. Hey, Brescia! They are “Bearcats,” too.
Past the Maryville Treatment Center, An old Franciscan convent converted to a detention center. Imagine a “con” being sent to a “convent jail!”
Visit Benedictine Motherhouse on Convent Road at Clyde, Mo. On to Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo. Whew! All those places of prayer so close.
Explore St. Francis Clinic. Betsy’s domain – treatment pods, doctors, nurses; Old East Clinic – community service, personal touch, appreciated.
Scoot over to KC & Shawnee Mission, looking for Bishop Miege HS. Found a school, took the special ed parking spot, But I was at Horizon Academy??
Found a Bishop Miege High School “North Campus” sign. “North Campus?” Argh! Where am I? And where are my MSJ Ursulines & the Y-DOSA girls?
Good ol’ cell phone – but no answer – no answer – Sr. Dee steers me in the right direction while Sr. Angela checks her voice mail & rescues me.
Quick tour of Sr. Angela’s and Sr. Martina’s peaceful house,
But time is short. On to the real Bishop Miege where Sr. Martina greets us.They make us honorary Y-DOSA for the afternoon, We meet five Young Daughters of St. Angela. Wait, there are more! But busy schedules intervene.
Begin with prayer, faith updates, and news, Belated St. Angela feast day celebration. What does “feast day” mean? How do they choose the date?
Practice songs for invited return visit to nursing home. The oldsters – sisters and associates – join in singing. Gentle hilarity ensues!
Adjourn to special Y-DOSA prayer service.
In Bishop Miege High School chapel. Dedicated already to Saint Angela.
Sr. Martina shares history, Lisa leads reflection.
All move on to St. Agnes parish for Mass With another thanks for all the Ursulines gathered.Shawnee Mission Ursulines now all connect. Sisters Angela, Dee, Jane, Martina With another chance to celebrate Saint Angela together.
Stories, ideas, greeting friends and associates. Shared hopes, thoughts, wishes for more time together. Night enfolds us and I’m Paola bound.
Sun, Jan 30, breakfast at Paola with Sr. Kathleen and Sr. Helen. Dire weather predictions already for Monday. I’m going to see as much as I can.
First to Emporia and Emporia State University. Mass at the campus Catholic Student Center. And greetings to Sr. Pat
Beautiful liturgy, students help, adding their spirit. Followed by a smoked “pulled pork” fund-raiser. “Shall we make that three pounds?” Yum!
All morning, young and old flow in and through the center. Gather in the library, looking for a chance to chat with Sister Pat.
A visit to Sr. Pat’s apartment. Peaceful, quiet, filled with a Kansas Jayhawk or two, And St. Angela’s spirit visible throughout.
A lunch and conversation to linger over, then on to Richmond, Kan. Oh, no! Is my GPS even working? Doesn’t know where I am, just where I’m going!
Into rural Kansas, looking for Sister Mildred. Ah, there – a snug frame farm house – think “Wizard of Oz.” But, St. Angela is present, too.
Filled with mementos of family & faithful service. Sr. Mildred & her companion Sr. Loretta. Relish in tales of witness & presence in community.
Faith shared & questions answered, Depart with cookies, coloring book, & St. Angela blessings. Back to Paola through late afternoon prairie sun.