Written on: April 4, 2016
Sister Diane Bardol (Sister Dorothy Ann) is a native of Buffalo, New York, where she attended Holy Angels Academy. Many of the years of her career as an educator were spent as Principal of St. Mary’s School in Kodiak, Alaska where she imbued her students with a sense of peacemaking and justice. She had the opportunity for training in nonviolent communication and conflict transformation. She discovered that one cannot work for justice without a thorough grounding in nonviolence. She takes every opportunity to teach the importance of nonviolence, and sees it as a gift to pass on. Diane is in her second term as a Council Member of the Leadership of the Grey Nuns and is presently the Vice President.
As in every life choice, there is the imagined or anticipated and the actual. I can’t remember what I imagined my Grey Nun life would be like, but I’m quite certain that it was different from what unfolded and what I have to say about it is, of course, looking at it from hind sight. My life as a Grey Nun for 60 years was deliciously demanding. Delicious, because it drew me to want more no matter how demanding; demanding, because it stretched me to be and to do more than I ever imagined. It taught me that ministry is always and everywhere, that it is more about finding God than bringing God and that in the long run it is completely relational. I look forward to this celebration as a time to reflect on the past, relish the present and rejoice in the possible future.