Some experiences in our lives—whether professional or personal—just stick with us. They give us extra passion for what we do and how we live our life. They can also renew our spirit to take on the challenges that lie before us. I had one of those experiences over the weekend.
On Sunday, Steve Leurck and I attended the Transition Ceremony of the Provincial Leadership of the Sisters of Saint Francis. This was a particular meaningful event for us since our own Sr. Rita Beason was being installed as a member of the council, and one of our former board members, Sr. Nadine Heimann, was taking over as provincial leader.
The ceremony was at the Sisters of Saint Francis’ Motherhouse—Mount Saint Francis in Colorado Springs. This site is more than breathtaking; it is awesome! The Motherhouse is built at the very foot of the mountains, and as Steve and I drove up to it, the sky was actually BLUER than here in Nebraska! I couldn’t believe it! (You know how I feel about blue skies.) At our arrival, some friendly deer even greeted us on the lawn.
Following the very meaningful ceremony, we had an opportunity to visit with the Sisters—many of whom spent a portion of their life here at Good Samaritan Hospital. Their stories, coupled with the history of the Sisters of Saint Francis that is alive throughout the Motherhouse were overwhelming. They filled me with such a sense of purpose and pride to be carrying on the mission they started so long ago. Incidentally, GSH is one of their youngest ministries! Talk about experts in their field!
I wanted to share this with you because the experience gave me renewed passion to overcome the hurdles that we're currently facing for our healing ministry. Yes, we are looking at some daunting challenges, but I firmly believe if we face them with the same faith, courage and sense of purpose as the Sisters of Saint Francis, we will weather any storm that comes our way.
We are so fortunate to have their tremendous example to follow.
P.S. Here are some of the photos from the event. You will see a VERY proud, and rightfully so, Sister Rita.
Sr. Nadine Heimann (left) and Sr. Rita Beason posed for a picture with me.
The newly installed members of the Provincial Leadership of the Sisters of Saint Francis: Sr. Marilyn Uhing, Sr. Judith Ann Schaeffer, Sr. Nadine Heimann, Sr. Dorothy Schlaeger, Sr. Rose Marie Imig, and Sr. Rita Beason.