Sister Karen Marie Voltz: Receiving more than she gives

Written on: December 19, 2017

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
From the Circle the Cities with Love pledge

After 50 years in the classroom, Sister Karen Marie Voltz now works in parish pastoral ministry in Buffalo, New York. She visits the home-bound and the elderly, bringing them conversation, stimulation, parish news and, most meaningful, the Holy Eucharist.

Often, I am the only outside person they see all day. They tell me they miss going to Mass and that they are grateful to receive the Eucharist. I bring ashes on Ash Wednesday, blessed palms, the church bulletin and the monthly diocesan newspaper. I send cards to them for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter. I write a friendly, personal note on each card.
Saying that I receive a salary doesn’t matter! I have learned that they need to share with me: tomatoes, zucchini, pears, apples, candy, cookies. Most of all, they gift me with themselves.”

She continues:

“I gift them with myself and with Christ in the Eucharist.I am truly blessed to be a sign of God’s love.”


To support the ministry of Sister Karen, and other Sisters who, even in retirement, continue to serve the people of God, please follow the link below

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2 thoughts on “Sister Karen Marie Voltz: Receiving more than she gives

  1. Mary Frances Duffy says:

    Dear Karen Marie: Your comment about your pastoral ministry is beautiful and very moving. It was a blessing and a delight to read it. Thank you for touching my day, my life, my mind, heart and spirit with your goodness and the goodness of your ministerial service. I never worked in parish ministry but LOVED being in hospital ministry for several years. A truly graced experience, in either setting. Take very good and gentle care of yourself even as you minister to so many others with goodness and gentility. Blessings.

  2. Dennis Salemi says:

    I lived on 7th close to where you grew up . Your father was such a holy person. The Voltz family were quite the wonderful famiy

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