Sister Mary Virginia Kallus was born in LaGrange, Texas, one of twelve children of Robert and Cecelia Kallus. Two of Sister Virginia’s sisters were already at Sacred Heart Monastery when she decided, at 18, to enter the community. Two additional Kallus sisters joined her after their own personal discernment so that eventually five Kallus girls came to Sacred Heart Monastery.
Sister Virginia began her ministry work with young children at the orphanage and then moved to St. Procopius College prepared breakfast for the sick. She completed a degree at DePaul University and moved into teaching. She taught elementary age children in a variety of schools in and around Chicago and even spent a few years teaching in Texas. Her fondest memories are her nineteen years teaching first graders at St. Scholastica in Woodridge, Illinois.
Sister Virginia retired from teaching and took on various duties in the Sisters’ infirmary, where she continues to minister today. She enjoys the opportunity to visit the Sisters’ neighbors in Benedale Center, the assisted living unit of Villa St. Benedict.
Sister’s pastimes include walks around the monastery grounds, dominos and cards. She welcomes time with the Lord in private prayer and looks forward to the daily recitation of the Divine Office. She finds the psalms to be a great source of strength and energy and daily mass culminates her love for God.
Sister Virginia hopes for and dreams of the continuation of the Benedictine Charism of prayer and work in community. She hopes to see the Sisters’ ministry to the elderly at Villa St. Benedict grow. Sister wishes the LBW readers a blessed Christmas. She would like everyone to know that they are remembered in the Sisters’ daily prayers and that the Sisters appreciate all that their friends and families do for the community.