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Follow Sylvania Franciscans as they blog about living their mission of joyful service to all people. Each week you can read a new entry from the personal journal of a Sister and how she applies Franciscan values to her ministry and the impact they have on the community where she lives. If you like what you read, comment back. We’re always looking for a good conversation.

She Knew

By Sister Pam Nosbusch, OSF
 
The more time I spend with my hospice patients the more I am convinced that there is something inside of us that tells us the end of our earthly life is approaching.  One experience of this was with a patient I will call Sue.

I first met Sue on a Thursday afternoon when I went to meet her and do an initial spiritual assessment of her needs. Sue was a devout Catholic.  I already knew Sue did not have much time left in this life. At the end of our conversation, I told Sue I will come to see her once a week.  Sue responded, “One week from today is Thursday.”  I explained that I do not have to come on the same day of the week, but Sue was insistent that I come on Thursday of the next week. 

Then Sue asked if I was coming at 1 or 1:30 p.m., which was the time I was with her for our first visit.  I thought this was an odd thing to ask, but told her I would come at 1:30.  At this point Sue was satisfied with the date and time of our next time to be together.  I did not know who I planned to see the following Thursday but told myself I will make this work because it is about the patient, in this case Sue, and the patient’s needs.
 
The following Thursday I arrived at Sue’s home at the time we agreed upon.  When I entered her home, several family members and friends were with Sue’s husband who I will call Bill.  I spoke with Bill and the others present.  They told me Sue is not responding to them. I went to Sue’s bedside to assess the situation. 

Sue was actively dying. With the family’s desire for Sue not to be alone, I went to her bedside while they discussed funeral plans.  Trusting that God gets the important things through to someone who is not responding, I assured Sue I was with her, prayed with her, and held her hand. I stayed several hours at Sue’s home.  When I left I knew it would not be long until Sue went to meet her God. 

Sue died about three hours after I left her home.

I still ponder my initial visit with Sue and her insistence that I come back the following Thursday.  She knew I would be needed the following Thursday to be with her, her family and her friends.  She knew that no other day of the week would be the right day for me to be with her.  She knew that the afternoon would be the right time for me to be with her.

She knew that she was going to meet her God on that Thursday. She knew all of this and made sure her family and friends were cared for that day.  She knew and she helped me be mindful of God’s working in people’s lives as they prepare to leave this earthly life.

 
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    Great idea, Karen! That really puts things in perspective!

    --SSH

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    --Monica

  3. Re: In Memory of Values and Traditions

    Great reflection on the values instilled by our parents!

    --Nancy Alice

  4. Re: Six Challenging Words

    Thanks, Pam, for a reflection that's both very challenging and down-to-Earth at the same time! If we

    --Sharon Havelak, osf

  5. Re: Freedom from Fear

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    --Monica

Meet the Sylvania Franciscan bloggers. We invite you to join us helping the Christian community commit themselves to works that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation.


Sister Pam Nosbusch
Hospice Chaplain

Sister Pam is native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  She is a Chaplain with Gentiva Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  Previous ministries include Theater Arts and Music Education and Pastoral Associate in Catholic parishes.

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Patrick Mills
Associate
Spiritual Enrichment

Pat is a husband and father living in Sylvania, Ohio. He has worked many years for Owens Corning in Toledo and elsewhere. He leads programs there for recruiting and developing talent early in their career, primarily for engineering and operations. As Pat and his family moved around the country, he has been blessed to fellowship in Cursillo, Christ Renews His Parish, bible studies and liturgical music ministry. He presently serves on the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania Associate Advisory Board, Chairs the Associate Spiritual Enrichment Committee and is a member of the Expansion Committee for Feed Lucas County Children. Pat is a pilgrim on the journey.

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Sister Lois Anne Palkert
Health and Human Services

Sister Lois Anne has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministries, initially as a teacher in Detroit and Toledo.  She transferred her teaching skills into formation ministry in Sylvania, then to Lourdes College where she was Director of the Lifelong Learning.  She then moved into parish ministry and served as a Director of Faith Formation and as a Pastoral Associate in two rural parishes in Minnesota.    From education she transferred to healthcare ministry and currently serves as the Director of Mission Services at St Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas.

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Sister Julie Myers
Religious Vocations

Why did you come to religious life….why do you stay?  As Vocation Minister for the Sisters of St Francis, Sister Julie addresses these simple questions that hold deep meaning and more in her blogging and in her monthly “Letter from the Vocation Minister” found on the Vocation link of the Sister’s Website.  We are all called by God to be our best selves and to serve God in ways far beyond our imagining.  Sister Julie has lived her calling as a Franciscan through the ministries of Vocation Minister, Physical Therapist Assistant, and as Sacristan for the Motherhouse Chapel.

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Sister Nancy Surma
Health and Human Services

Sister Nancy is a native of Detroit and was taught in grade school by the Sylvania Franciscans. Her early years were spent teaching and administering at the junior high and high school level. Life took a turn, as it so often does, and she served as administrator in four different Catholic colleges and universities, earning a doctorate in higher education administration along the way. She currently works for Sylvania Franciscan Health, the Sisters’ sponsored health and human service ministry, in the world of mission integration. Sr. Nancy lives with three other Sisters in a house that is filled with laughter and love.

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Sister Ann Carmen Barone
Education

As Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Sister Ann Carmen Barone is responsible for developing consciousness of the Franciscan mission and for ensuring its implementation and integration into the community of Lourdes. Sister Ann Carmen also supports the other Vice Presidents and the President in their mission-related activities.

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Sister Karen Zielinski
Health and Spirituality 

Sister Karen J. Zielinski, OSF was director of communications for the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, OH from 1991 to 2008.  She is now director of Canticle Studio, a creative office of products which focus on spirituality and health.  She lectures on chronic disease and coping strategies and has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1975.  She lectures on the spirituality of disability, women's prayer, and topics of wholeness. Most recently, Sister Karen authored Hope and Help for Living With Illness a book on dealing with sickness and disability. The book is available on Amazon.

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Sister Nancy Linenkugel
Franciscan in the Marketplace

Sister Nancy Linenkugel has served in healthcare administration, education and leadership for the Sylvania Franciscans.  She is an accomplished cello player and a member of the Washington D.C.-based Medical Music Group, made up of doctors, nurses and medical professionals from around the country.  Sister Nancy is currently the chair of the department of health service administration and director of the graduate program in health services administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  She has served on the Sylvania Franciscan Leadership Team, was president of Chatfield College in Cincinnati, president and CEO of the Providence Health System and Providence Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio, and vice president of St. John Medical Center in Steubenville, Ohio.  

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Sister Sharon Havelak
Justice and Peace

Sister Sharon is an artist, educator and long-time peace activist, who currently oversees All Good Things, a store/gallery/gift shop featuring art by the Sisters, handmade soaps and lotions, and Fair Trade products.* She also serves as the coordinator of the Sylvania Franciscan’s Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation efforts, and teaches art history at Lourdes University. She keeps her creative juices flowing by painting on silk scarves.
* All Good Things gallery is located in our Sylvania Franciscan Village and many of the items are sold on our website.

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