As Sisters of St. Joseph, we are inspired by the life of our patron, St. Joseph. Even in their 90s, our retired Sisters are aging gracefully in the manner of Joseph with gentleness, humility, and cordiality toward each another and our dear neighbors without distinction.
At age 91, Sister Patricia Cummings frequently extends hospitality in the Motherhouse to dinner guests, baking apple pie and banana bread. Well-informed, she engages in stimulating conversation about current events and reads to Sisters in Supportive Living.
Modeling the “hiddenness” of Joseph, Sister Jane Stephen Rosko, also 91, quietly waters plants in the convent. After Liturgies, she regularly collects programs left on chapel pews, and, before funerals, she searches for just the right pine branch on the grounds to sprinkle holy water on the casket of the loved one.
Nearly 1,700 miles away, 94-year-old Sister Monica Suhayda helps to manage the Heritage Center and Rendezvous Gift Shop in St. Stephens, Wyoming. For nearly five decades, she has ministered to her ‘dear neighbors’ – the Shoshone and Arapaho people who live on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Just as Joseph was attentive to God, we undertake the work that God calls us to do at all stages of our lives to the best of our abilities. Through our prayers and presence, we continue to nurture our loving relationship with you and create new ones with those whom we encounter in and outside the Motherhouse.
Please know that Sister Patricia, Sister Jane Stephen and Sister Monica – along with all of our Sisters – remember you and your loved ones in their daily prayers.