By Charlotte Raftery, SC
My current ministry is being a companion to the Sisters at the Convent of Mount Saint Vincent. Doing this in a quiet, low key, non-threatening way really helps them to feel more free and energized to engage in their ministry of prayer and caring and support for one another. Their ministry of prayer strengthens the Congregation as we live the Mission of Charity into the future. My commitment to weekend coverage at the Convent is an opportunity to be with the Sisters in their lived ministry. I also continue my music ministry outreach to parish liturgies.
How has God surprised me in the midst of a recent ministry experience?
I never know with each day what God has in store for me. I just try to be available for whoever or whatever comes. Because of my knowledge and experience in nursing, combined with my comfortable manner, Sisters feel they can share medical issues or ask questions freely. My broad experience in medical settings and in home care gives me an appreciation to value the sharing of those who face serious medical conditions.
I am touched by others and learn from others especially those who experience insecurity in their lives. My being with them gives them a feeling of comfort and that they have self- worth. My recent time of being a caregiver for Sr. Peggie Beaudette was a truly graced experience and I continue to learn from her in my grieving.
What gives me life on a daily basis and fuels my passion for the Mission of Charity being lived out into the future is to live out each day with great love.