The Call - S. Georgia Kitt
S. Georgia Kitt looks back 50 years to her first meeting with the Sisters of Charity.
An important part of my journey as a Sister of Charity began 50 years ago, April 17 1965, when I met Sisters Jane Robert Moffitt, Magdalen Dolores Harrington, Barbara Counts and Dolores Johnson (to name a few) in the kitchen of Elizabeth Seton High School Convent in South Holland, Illinois. It was Holy Saturday and these women were in the process of dying Easter eggs. The room was alive with music, laughing, and sharing as a community.
I knew nothing of Elizabeth Ann Seton or Mother Margaret George, only that the Sisters of Charity had a new high school and might have a need for a math teacher. Magdalen Dolores, or Maggie D as I came to know her, had agreed to meet with me. I had called the previous day since my brother and I were in the Chicago area where I had interviewed and been offered three other teaching positions.
It was to be! God was working in my life, guiding, nudging … Five weeks later I said ‘yes’ to Elizabeth Seton High School and turned the others down. I worked with Head Start children and families that summer. It was my introduction to meeting people on the margin. This was another important component of my call. I found myself able to make a difference in small ways.
I went deeper with these Sisters; we prayed and laughed. It was exciting and fun. I was engaging my heart and spirit. By October a visit to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse was planned. The rest is me responding to God’s call.
Now, 50 years later, I can name it – it was the JOY of those Sisters of Charity that I first encountered on that Holy Saturday and the following school year. Pope Francis today calls it the Joy of the Gospel. According to our pope, this joy is present in “the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” It was definitely present in the Sisters I met at Elizabeth Seton High School Convent 50 years ago.
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