Meet Sister Mary Boere
Teacher, Pastoral Minister, and Jubilarian
Sister Mary Boere
How long have the Sisters been in St. Thomas?
The Sisters of St. Joseph have had a presence in St. Thomas
since 1879, primarily educating the young.
Are you still in teaching?
In 1996 I retired from teaching and presently am the only
CSJ Sister in St. Thomas. I feel that the effect of my ministry
flows from the witness the entire Community is called to be
reconcilers with each other and the universe in Christ Jesus.
How do you see the mission of reconciliation in your
That mission of reconciliation is visible in my parish ministry.
It is reflected when I visit the classrooms of our parish
school and have a chance to help the children become more
aware of their baptismal call, their relationship with God.
Sacramental preparations give me an opportunity to meet parents
and children on an individual basis in their homes. A certain
trust is built up which flows into an ongoing contact with
The mission is present when I visit the sick in the hospital
or in their homes, as I often have had the privilege of journeying
with them in the dying process. There are a few nursing homes
which I visit regularly and I do nondenominational chapel
services several times a year in those places.
Personally, I feel that in my ministry at Holy Angels Parish
I am greatly blessed and I pray that as a CSJ member I can
be an instrument in bringing about Gods reign.
Sister Marys final comment is an apt way to recognize
her 50 years of shared living and ministry among the Sisters
of St. Joseph.
We thank God for drawing us all together.
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