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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC July 14, 2017 11 - From Fr. Greg, Fr. Brandon, the Staff & Parishioners of St. Christopher Catholic Church Sister Colleen Sweeting & Sister Marcelyn Gervais, Our lives have forever been changed for the good because of your ministry and true Christian example. You are beautiful souls and will be deeply missed by all. Thank you for efforts. Please come back to visit often. SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS July is Catholic store month! New book titles: Benedict and Francis; My Daily Visits with the Saints; Total Consecration through the Mysteries of the Rosary. (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Loyola. Sister Colleen worked first as a teacher and principal in Wisconsin before moving to Sa- cred Heart Parish, DeTour, on the east end of the Upper Peninsula, where she was pastoral associate for 10 years. She then moved to St. Christopher in Marquette as pastoral associ- ate for the last 18 years. She has most liked being with people, in all her assignments. I've liked being part of their lives, not just when they're sick and dying, but the good parts, too, she said. I've worked with people of all ages, ministering to their spiritual and physical needs. While she is returning to the place where her religious life began, Sister Colleen said there is much about the U.P. that she will miss. It has been a won- derful opportunity, especially living in Marquette, a college town. I will miss the spirit of the people. St. Christopher is a very positive parish. I'll also miss being close to the water. I love water. Sister Ellen is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and attended the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A nun for 52 years, she has spent most of her time in the U.P. except for four years from 2000-04 when she served as regional superior for her order in Chicago. The people of the U.P. are good, salt of the earth people, Sister Ellen says. I always say the U.P. is one small town with a lot of land in between. We have the tools that let us keep in touch. At St. Al's, the students change, but they still keep in touch, too. She says a woman considering becoming a nun today should be a person of prayer. It's what supports you, she said. You should also have a sense of humor, know that God is always with you and be a person of hope. The vows of a religious: poverty, chastity and obedience are truly freeing. The vow of poverty allows us to throw our lot in with our sisters, and we are mutually supportive of one another, she continued. The vow of chastity calls us to a way of loving, God first, but also that no one person has a claim of jealousy of our relationships. The vow of obedience calls us to live constantly in a discerning manner, searching for the greater glory of God. Sister Colleen agrees praying is vital to dis- cernment. Pray over it. Look into the back- ground of the different communities. Maybe you'll find one you can relate to, she said. Sister Marcelyn has been parish assistant at St. Christopher in Marquette since 2002. Originally from St. Mary Parish in Sault Ste. Marie, she graduated from Loretta High School in the Soo, Holy Family College in Manitowoc, Wis., with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in biology and minoring in English. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in education and psychology. Sister Marcelyn taught at St. John, Anti- go, Wis.; Holy Rosary, New Holstein, Wis.; Menominee Central, Menominee; St. Francis de Sales, Manistique; and St. Francis Xavi- er, Petoskey, Mich. She served as principal and teacher at Holy Rosary, Kewaunee, Wis.; principal at SS Peter and Paul, Kiel, Wis.; principal at Ironwood Catholic Grade School, Ironwood; went on to teach at St. Joseph, Rice Lake, Wis.; then principal at St. Francis, Hollandtown, Wis.; and principal at St. Fran- cis de Sales, Manistique, until 2002 when she moved to St. Christopher. SISTERS: Three sisters reflect on their service before starting new ministry roles FROM PAGE 10 PHOTO COURTESY OF MARYANN BERNIER Sister Marcelyn Gervais (left) and Sister Colleen Sweeting (right) stand for a photo with Bishop John Doer- fler during a women religious celebration held earlier this year. Sister Colleen Sweeting

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