From February 2, 2020 to February 2, 2021, we will be celebrating and giving thanks on the occasion of our 125th anniversary.
Each day of this coming year we will tell our story. Daily, we will feature a short description of one of our sisters near or on the day of her death if deceased, or if living on her birthday. When not featuring a Sister, we will share glimpses of our history or features of our lives that are important to us.
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Day 182: August 1, 2020
Kouba, Sister Christine b. 8/1
Sister Christine is a patient, peaceful presence in our community. She treasures Lectio Divina, which is time set apart for prayerful, scripture reading with meditation. On Saturdays, she shares Lectio by using the Sunday Gospel with the International Sister-Students. As a nurse, she follows St. Benedict’s advice that the greatest care should be given to the sick. Being able to understand the Spanish of the Mass, she worships regularly with a Hispanic parish. She admires how faith in God is visibly close to the hearts of these parishioners and how warm their hospitality is, making real their cultural quote, “Mi casa es su casa.”
Day 183: August 2, 2020
Kovalcik, Sister Mary Borgia b. 3/22/1906 d. 8/1/1925
Sister Veronica, (later Sister Mary Borgia), was a younger sister to Sister Carolyn Marie (a.k.a. Sister Bonaventure). As a little child, Veronica was cared for at St. Joseph’s Orphanage. She was soon adopted by a family, but through the years Sister Carolyn Marie lost track of her whereabouts. Sister prayed fervently that she would be reunited with her younger sister someday. Then, when Veronica’s foster mother became terminally ill, she brought Veronica, at 14 years of age, back to the orphanage. Veronica saw how happy Sister Carolyn Marie was and wanted to become a Sister as well. She was readily received to be a Benedictine receiving the name of Sister Mary Borgia. She proved to be a virtuous, young soul and was dearly loved by the Sisters. Five years went by when she contracted TB and died at age 19.
Day 184: August 3, 2020
Mares, Sister Mary Hilda b. 3/25/1882 d. 8/1/1974
Sister Mary Hilda was a teacher at many of our parochial schools. People and students were attracted to her due to her gentle and kind disposition. She made many friends and treated everyone with equal respect. The older Sisters remember her peaceful face that would light up when she saw you. She was one of the Sisters in our founding group as she entered in 1900, living 74 years of our Benedictine life.