By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern
Presently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pat Grubelnik is the Southwest Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity Associates in Mission. She made her commitment as an Associate in July 2004.
Along with her responsibilities as a Regional Representative, Pat own and runs, Buttons and Balloons, a small toy store and advertising agency that sells custom promotional items like balloons and gift baskets in Colorado Springs. In addition, she is a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph Church (Colorado Springs). At her leisure, Pat enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, and fishing. She is also an amateur genealogist.
Having known the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for most of her life, Pat decided to become an Associate through the encouragement of the late S. Mary Jean Fields and her deep admiration for all of the Sisters of Charity she knew. She says their good work in education, healthcare, peace initiatives, and their beliefs on immigration solidified her decision.
Pat and S. Mary Jean worked together at St. Joseph Church-Southgate (Colorado Springs) in 1989. S. Mary Jean taught her the Christian scriptural and spiritual practices of Lectio Divina and centering prayer, which Pat continues today to strengthen her faith and prayerfully meditate. She says, “I live out the mission of the Sisters of Charity by trying to be an example of fairness, acceptance, and living out the Gospel values called by God.”
Being an Associate has allowed Pat to form lifelong friendships with many strong and faith-filled people, and that is what she loves most about her calling.