S. Pat Newhouse enjoys visiting residents at Bickford Senior Living in Okemos, Michigan.
“I recall the communion thanksgiving prayer that S. Ann Margaret taught us before our First Communion, the same prayer I continue to say every day at Mass: ‘Lord, I love you with my whole heart, mind, body and soul. May I show it today in all that I think, say and do.’
A Sister of Charity for 58 years, S. Pat Newhouse says that her lifetime commitment to the Community has given her many opportunities to do just that.
During this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has asked the Church to show compassion by embracing people with tenderness, responding to their needs of the moment and sharing God’s welcoming embrace. Through her years of service in education, and now in her volunteer ministry to the elderly parishioners at St. Martha as well as local nursing facilities in Okemos, Michigan, S. Pat is a shining example of God’s merciful love.
“I feel that my present ministry to the people in our parish fills them with happiness, peacefulness and joy,” Sister says. “Being present to people, be it just for a casual visit in sickness and loneliness or even when facing death, they feel comforted in knowing that someone is willing to be with them and provide them with God’s love and compassion in their time of need. Sometimes you don’t need to say many words or do much for them. Just being present makes a world of difference in their life.”S. Pat says that the way to obtain true happiness in life is by sharing our gifts and talents with those in need of God’s loving touch. “Since we are His ministers here on earth we bring that loving touch to others,” she continues. “It has been a joy living the Gospel life of loving compassion for others. I have been blessed in so many ways and it encourages me to continue being a blessing to others. I have learned that the way of life for everyone is to obtain true happiness and it is obtained by sharing ourselves in a loving, compassionate way to those we meet.”