Meet Our New Associates: Patti Traver
Earlier this year, the Sisters of Charity welcomed a new Associate in their “journey together toward wholeness.” Patricia Traver (Patti) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, made her commitment as an Associate in Mission with the Sisters of Charity on Jan. 5, 2020, saying she hoped to become part of a Community that reinforces and strengthens her relationship with God.
Patti’s journey towards Association began with meeting the late Sister of Charity Rosalie Riggio in Colorado Springs. The two easily connected through their service with St. Joseph Parish where they would clean the vessels and set up Mass for the following Sunday. After experiencing the ethos of the Congregation through S. Rosalie, Patti was approached by Associate Pat Grubelnik to the possibility of becoming an Associate herself. Patti eventually made her commitment this past January. She says, “There was not one instance that inspired me, but a growth in faith and friendships with the local Sisters and Associates in this past year of discernment that provided a path to fulfill the ‘journey together toward wholeness.’”
Part of this journey towards wholeness has been a life of service. The mother of four and grandmother of five is dedicated to both family and faith. While her children were growing up, she had the opportunity to be at home to raise them. In addition to various part-time positions, she has also enjoyed serving in soup kitchens, teaching Catechism and remaining active in her parish. She and her husband, David, are devoted to their family and enjoy attending their Colorado Springs grandsons’ sporting events. They appreciate travel and camping, and this year had planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (December 19) in Italy as a family. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, that trip is postponed.
Faith played a key role in connecting Patti with the Sisters of Charity through meeting S. Rosalie. The relationships she built with Sisters and Associates through her parish led her to want to embrace the companionship of others dedicated to the SC Mission, and her faith continues to be enriched. “I believe that I can grow in friendship,” Patti says. “This group of women and men clearly supports the Sisters vision statement goals of embracing membership and ministry, learning, striving to build loving relationships and helping me grow spiritually. I truly want to share, learn and grow spiritually with the Sisters and Associates who provide a path to this end. I don’t believe I could attain these goals on my own without the support of such a focused group.”
She cherishes the friendships built, remembering S. Rosalie as a joy and saying she has most appreciated the opportunity to get to know more about the Sisters’ lives and ministries and hearing their stories.
As she looks to the future, Patti hopes to continue the “journey toward wholeness” and looks forward to growing with others dedicated to the SC Mission. She says being an Associate member of the Sisters of Charity has made her more appreciative of the friendships and relationships she has. “After losing S. Rosalie and now with S. Roberta Westrick moving, I realize how precious these friendships are to me,” she said. commitment as an Associate in Mission with Agnes Patrick (left) on Jan. 5, 2020.