It crossed my mind today that my life at my parish can be divided into three eras, each corresponding to one Sister. My early life there was overseen by Sr. Gemma, who taught me RCIA leading to my baptism (pictured). She was also present for the Sacrament of Matrimony with my wife, and the Baptism of our first child.
The second stage was overseen by Sr. Josepha, who saw me through the Cursillo weekend and even came to the closing ceremony (pictured), and subsequently taught me how to serve at the altar as I followed through on my vow to attend Thursday morning mass on top of my weekly Sunday mass. She was present for the Baptism of my second child.
The third stage was overseen by Sr. Mary Agnes, who witnessed my taking on greater leadership roles, and was often present during my weekly lunch dates with Fr. Gerry, and always listened to my crazy ideas for our parish with an open and loving heart. Here she is, pictured with me and my high school students today. Sr. Mary Agnes leaves our church this week to go back to Korea, and I will miss her very much.
I wonder what God has in store for the next stage of my faith life and the life of our parish with the next Sister…?