For many years, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart were known as educators and nurses. Today, we continue in those ministries in modified roles and a variety of settings. Here we share some of the more creative ways our Sisters meet different needs in our modern world.
“For even the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister…” Mk 10:45
“Giving the blind a chance to read…every day.”
Sister Ruth Penksa reads books, magazines and newspapers to the blind through Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service in Buffalo, New York. “The joy I have is three-fold. I am able to continue to serve God; I am able to serve the poor and needy among us, and heck…I just love to read aloud!”
Helping those who dream of a home of their own
Sister Rita Margraff, President of the Board of Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Bucks County (Pennsylvania), pictured with Mr. Martin Brill, treasurer of the Board of Interfaith Housing
“Marguerite d’Youville opened her heart and her home to those who did not have a home. My ministry allows me to follow her example in modern times, providing homes to those in need.”
Helping young people grow in faith
Sister Eileen Spanier, Catholic Campus Minister, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“Young people want opportunities to share their faith, energy, time and talent with those in need. Students have welcomed me into their midst and I am in awe of their generosity, their trust and the candidness of their conversations.”
Driven by love
Sister Joan Marie McCann, 2011 transplant recipient and volunteer driver for the Gift of Life Family House, Philadelphia
“I want to give back, to support the transplant community. I drive transplant patients to and from their appointments. I don’t just drive, though. I reach out to them with reassurance and hope, compassion they need at this often frightening time in their life journey.”