Thursday, April 12, 2018

“We strive to minster with simplicity and hospitality” ~ CSA Mission

Sister Edie in peach-colored top with students.
“I love my JOB! “shares Sister Edie.  Her enthusiasm for working with college students is apparent in her voice and her laughter.  “The students who come to Campus Ministry are a great group.  I am a spiritual and personal guide to them.  This center is a place of welcome.  We have a drop-in dinner each week, it is a relaxed atmosphere of telling stories of daily life and what challenges they are dealing with. We are like a family, a family that creates a safe place to share”, shared Sister Edie.

“Part of my work is to lead a retreat for the students, the name is “Retreat on the Go”. This year we had 19 students and five faculty participate.  Each day participants commit to pray, reflection and meeting for a brief time with a spiritual director”, continued Sister Edie.

“You don’t normally think of students going hungry on a college campus but there are some who cannot afford a meal ticket.  We have a food pantry and we have food drives for staples such as peanut butter and macaroni and cheese and personal hygiene items. Every two weeks students in need can select items plus two prepackaged meals. We have about 12 students who come regularly, five of them have children.”

“My love relationship with the Sisters of St. Agnes began in high school and it hasn’t stopped.  It is so life giving, I am very much at home in this way of being.  The whole sense of spirituality, fullness of life and vibrancy continues to affirm my choice”, concluded Sister Edie.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Meet the Sisters, Living the CSA Mission!

“Alone we can’t do much, together we can change the world”

“Everyday I get to help people hear!  This past year through the Starkey Foundation we provided over 14,000 new, high quality hearing aids to people who could not afford them.  My greatest satisfaction is to give the gift of hearing to so many people throughout the world.  This is a family owned business and the founder will often stop by my office and say “Joanita are we doing more than last year?” He knows a lot of people can’t afford hearing aids and he wants them to have the latest technology can produce. My job is to make this happen.  The men and women I work with are so committed, it is a calling for them to serve people with a hearing loss. The work environment is one of tremendous community, it is truly a warm, caring family place to work. 

Our program provides the hearing aids at little or no cost based on a person’s income.  For a person to get a job or maintain their job they need to be able to hear.  We are serving the working poor who cannot afford the price of hearing aids, they are rarely covered under insurance plans.

As a member of CSA daily prayer is very important to me.  I am a firm believer in prayer, our lives need to reflect what matters to us.  When I pick up the phone at work and hear the pain and despair of people’s stories I ask myself “how can I help this person?” I see myself as an instrument of Christ and I want to serve in the best way possible.” 
                                                                                   Sister Joanita Stelter, CSA
                                                                                   Hear Now Manager for Starkey Foundation
                                                                                   Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, MN