A Bond Between All
The Golden Jubilee celebration for Sisters Barbara Hagedorn, Mary Alice Haithcoat, Georgia Kitt and Patricia Wittberg brought together more than 20 women who met as postulants 50 years ago. Their bond is true and deep and has only strengthened throughout the years. A few former members reflect.
(From left) Carol Dreyer Yeazell and S. Barb Hagedor
“‘The Charity of Christ urges us on’ are words that resonate in my heart and mind as I reflect on the awesome Golden Jubilee celebration. We shared experiences with marriage and divorce, birth and death, work and play, health and illness, happiness and sadness, and the SC ministries of our ‘Golden Four.’ Sharing many, many memories of our times together as young members of the SC congregation continued throughout the weekend especially as we toured the changes and renovations in the Motherhouse, stayed in Seton Hall and partied in Regina. The celebration of the liturgy on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend. I heard over and over exclamations about the beauty of the music, singing and dance, the personal acknowledgement from the celebrant and most of all, the presence of female ministers. Participation in this liturgy celebration was a blessing of spiritual invigoration for everyone. We cherish the friendships we formed in 1966, and during the Jubilee weekend we strengthened our relationships with much laughter, stories, memories, news, and prayers! Each of us continues to live the charity of Christ in many unique ways through life’s challenges and celebrations always with the support of our SC bonds.” - Karen Santelle Martin (current Associate)
“It was wonderful to be back at the Mount to celebrate such a joyous occasion. Although I left the order in 1969, I cherish those early formation years because we forged great friendships at the same time that we were learning and discussing the values of St. Elizabeth Seton. I admired the dedication of my teachers and I also learned from the enthusiasm and the kindness of my peers. My experience was very affirming and it enabled me to gain a stronger foundation for my life ahead. Throughout the years, the Sisters of Charity in our group have generously reached out to me and to all the members of our original Band as a way to keep us connected over these 50 years. It was meaningful, moving, and just great fun to be together again to celebrate with friends. The bond that we experience is truly energizing! I am very grateful to the wonderful Sisters of Charity.” - Janet McAuliffe
“In May 2007, many of the ‘Band of 1966’ gathered at the Motherhouse after S. Trish Mirsberger’s funeral Mass. One of the Sisters came up to a few of us and remarked how close this group remained. She asked, ‘What’s your secret?’ One of us replied, ‘There’s just something special about us!’ Why have so many of us stayed so connected even though we live miles apart, have different jobs, different lifestyles, etc.? Maybe it was that year out West. We had to stay close knit and support each other that year. Maybe it’s the changes that were occurring in the world and in the Church at that time. Personally, I think it is the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s gift to us!
“We have an extremely strong bond. We can go years without seeing each other, but when we do, it’s like we’ve never been apart at all. This past August, we came together again to celebrate and honor the four women who answered God’s call 50 years ago and knew He wanted them to serve Him as Sisters of Charity. At the liturgy on Sunday, we sang a song that I was unfamiliar with, ‘Because We Love God.’ This song still remains on my lips and in my heart. It so accurately describes the lives of these four women who carry out the Gospel message through service and prayer. May we all carry out this charism of the Sisters of Charity and serve where the needs are great. ‘Why do we do what we do? Because we love God.’” - Patty Fogarty Sperendi