The future Sr. M. Anne and her mother.
My memories of the Sisters are numerous and valuable. The Sisters were as joyful as they were hard-working. When I worked the evening shift, I remember sneaking out on the second floor balcony, peaking over the side, and watching the Sisters. They were sitting outside in a circle, laughing, and tossing a ball to each other as they shouted out numbers.
It was not always serious on the floor either. There was an actual ranking of goods that took place within the structure of the floors. Sister M. Saloma always managed to find cake and serve it to us high school girls, unbeknown to Sister M. Timothea or at least we were to take the sacred oath never to tell we ate cake in the back room.
Sundays were special at the Home. We made sure that the residents were dressed in their Sunday best for morning Mass and for their visitors in the afternoon. Sister M. Saloma and Sister M. Timothea always made sure that I attended the 9:30 a.m. Mass whenever I worked the entire weekend.
When I entered the Home for the Open House on November 23, 2008, it was hard to believe I was in the same building. Four hundred other people and I came to see the great transformation of this old and faithful building. It was a palace for the poor and the most vulnerable of our society. No sacrifice was too great to make for these people and the Sisters banded together to accomplish this dream with their prayers and works.
Sr. M. Timothea during the Mother of Good Counsel Home's Open HouseI realized that it was here at the Mother of Good Counsel Home that I encountered the joy, love, and sacrifice of our Sisters in their vocations. Their example was strong enough for me to be drawn to give my very life for what they stood for in their Thuine Franciscan spirit. I did not stand alone in this conviction. Other Sisters as well found their vocation at the Home. This Open House was more than a celebration for me; it was a deepening of the profound truth that the spirit of our deceased Sisters is being carried on by the Sisters who work at the Mother of Good Counsel Home today. The words of Sister M.Timothea ring true in my ears, “Marilyn, we cannot live without you and you cannot live without us.”
- by Sr. M. Anne, FSGM