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Lisle, Il 60532

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Regina Ann Weissmann, OSB

LBW June 2010

When I was asked to share some information about my current ministry, I realized that this is the 52nd year of my monastic life and I will celebrate my Golden Jubilee of Profession this year.

I‘ve ministered in teaching, as a psychotherapist, director of adult formation and now the ministry of my life, Pastoral Care. Having been raised in a family of close relations, my younger years were spent with my grandparents, young uncle and young blind aunt. We had our good days and our not so good days! I learned pretty quickly that what grandma says is what goes. So what does this have to do with my current ministry? I learned to appreciate, respect and love the ―wisdom‖ of age, so I treasure my developing relationships with our Villa FAMILY. For almost four years I‘ve been a member of the staff at Villa St. Benedict, our continuing care retirement community here in Lisle. I currently minister to the residents in independent living, assisted care and memory care. Each day is a new experience as new residents bless our halls with their own adjustments, downsizing to happen, and above all, new friends to make. In any conversation with new residents, the Monastery Chapel will be mentioned as the greatest factor that helped them choose the Villa. Since my ministry centers around our spiritual life, I‘m eager to engage residents in various ministries of worship. I have a growing group of Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and various other servers for the Mass. Not only do they serve, but they provide their own substitutes in the event of illness or conflict of time. What a joy and relief!

As I look to a new year of service, I have the joy of Sister Benita joining me in visiting the residents. This gives us more time and more opportunities to minister to various needs. My great dream is to help our ―family‖ see the oneness of our VSB center and join each other in more and more activities.