On the morning of Friday, April 20, Thomas Aquinas College was graced by the visit of the superiors of some 20 North American religious communities belonging to the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick. The sisters, who were in the area for their annual provincial meeting, have as their charism serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the ill by traveling to their homes to provide nursing services and to keep vigil at their bedsides. The sisters also provide their services in hospices, orphanages, hospitals, and nursing facilities in some 20 countries worldwide.
During their time on campus, the sisters enjoyed tours of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel and St. Bernardine of Siena Library, as well as lunch in St. Joseph Commons. They marveled at the beauty of the campus and took special interest in the College’s strong Catholic character and its generous financial-aid program.
“We were very blessed to have these joyful, gracious servants of the Lord with us,” says Direct of College Relations Anne S. Forsyth. The sisters’ tremendous ability to see Christ in the suffering and dying, she noted, called to mind Bl. Mother Teresa’s visit to Thomas Aquinas College in 1982.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the sisters plan to return to campus in the fall to present a vocations talk to interested young women. “With roughly 10 percent of Thomas Aquinas College alumni entering the priesthood or religious life, it could be that some future alumnae may find themselves called to join the Servants of Mary,” said Mrs. Forsyth. “What a wonderful honor that would be!”
Posted: April 20, 2012