Written on: May 1, 2014
Sister Elizabeth Bagen (Sister Daniel Marie), a native of Buffalo, NY, and graduate of Holy Angels Academy entered the Grey Nuns in 1954 after graduating from Holy Angels Academy and attending D’Youville College for one year to train as an elementary school teacher. Over the year, she served in Atlanta, Buffalo and Philadelphia. Her ministries were varied, working with young women in formation for the Grey Nuns and also as a member of the leadership of the congregation. With her friend, Sister Michael of the Sacred Heart, she ministered to the needs of the elderly in the Allentown, PA diocese for several years before moving to southern Virginia where she used her degree in religious studies to educate adults in faith formation. She was one of the few women who served the Catholic Church as Pastoral Coordinator of a parish when there were no priests available for the work. The people of Resurrection Parish remember her with great fondness for all that she contributed in her years there.
Resurrection Parish in Moneta, VA, was a very special place. I served as the Pastoral Coordinator in this small parish. I loved the work and I very quickly grew to love the parishioners. It was an opportunity to enter fully into Parish Ministry. My life as a Grey Nun has never been boring. It has been a privilege to live and work with many dedicated women. I look forward to this time of celebration and sharing many memories with the “Band” (the sisters that I entered with in 1954). We have come a long way in these 60 years and have much to share and for which to be grateful.
We will be featuring all of our 2014 Jubilarians prior to the Congregational Jubilee celebration May 17 in Yardley, PA. Collectively these 15 women have served God and His People for 900 years! God Bless them and their families for the gift of their generous hearts and lives.