How Being a Catholic Sister Helps Me Help Them

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

I have the privilege of teaching preschool in a Catholic school that serves middle- to low-income families. Our families are mostly Latino (over 50%), and the same percentage of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

It’s a privilege to serve families of diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds.

I love sharing my love and joy with the kids, knowing it gets passed along to their siblings and parents. And I just plain love diversity.

This ministry is my passion! And my Sisters are right there with me.

This may not be why I became a Catholic Benedictine Sister, but it’s one reason I remain one.

You see, my community helps me help others.

The Benedictines have a saying: Where there is one of us, there are all of us. Benedictines strongly support one another in whatever ministry they do. I can’t begin to tell you how much that means to me.

Knowing that my Sisters stand beside me, praying for me and my little ones; knowing that when I come home, they will be there to ask me how my day was – these things are priceless to me.

They help in other ways, too: They help cut out construction paper pumpkins and acorns. They help staple books. They are pen pals with my students, visit school and welcome the children to the monastery.

Thanks to my Sisters, I not only get to help some of the most disadvantaged children in this area, but I also get to listen to, love and celebrate their families and customs and cultures.

Thanks to my Sisters, I can do what I am called to do: help those who need it.

To learn more about who the Benedictine Sisters are – and what they do – contact me at smacdonald@smmsisters.org or (309) 283-2300. I will be happy to share! ❤

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