By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern
“Life is short and sometimes hard; wherever we can sow love and service and do it with a cheerful heart is a great thing,” says Destiny Sargeant, the Pacific Northwest Associate Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Destiny, a resident of Juneau, Alaska, became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity through a friend, and was moved when she heard her talk about being part of such a loving, service-oriented community. She says, “I found myself almost begging to know more.” Destiny believes that she was drawn to become an Associate by her desire to belong to something bigger than herself.
Destiny has spent most of her adult working life providing service to others. She started out as a paramedic before returning to school to become a psychologist with a specialty in trauma. With her training in critical incident stress management she began working with military personnel and first responders to help them cope with their experiences. This eventually led to two weeks of service for the New York Police Department at Ground Zero after Sept. 11, 2001, which was, she says, an honor and a privilege.
Believing that the, “Mind and body connection is very important to living life well and serving others,” Destiny owns a women’s fitness center, called Curves, in Juneau. She also continues work in a private practice as a psychologist. Living in Alaska is a great joy for Destiny. The mother of two grown children says her hobbies include painting, gardening, learning Morse code, sport shooting, and hiking in the Alaskan beauty.
As an Associate, Destiny enjoys the sense of pride and community she has in serving others for the greater good. She admires all of the women who selflessly give their time and energy, not realizing how important they are to others.
To stay connected to the Community, Destiny visits the Motherhouse once a year, which is a great privilege for her as she made many new friends and connections on her first trip last year. She meets monthly with the Associates in Juneau and attends monthly ZOOM meetings with the other Regional Representatives. Destiny says these meetings, “help me grow, receive, and share ideas on how to reach more people and nourish my soul knowing that I am indeed connected to a greater cause and wonderful women which will outlast my earthly existence.”