Written on: April 7, 2017
A ministry dear to Sister Sheila Stone’s (Sister Mary of Providence) heart is EarthHeart. Fueled by a desire to preserve the earth for future generations, she focuses on raising consciousness of the connection between spirituality and ecology.
In her earlier years, she ministered in various schools in Atlanta, Georgia and in the New York area.
With her degree in psychology, she began ministry in an inner-city parish in Philadelphia working with youth.
She has served three terms on the Leadership Council of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, lending her vision and insight to that position. She presently lives at Sacred Heart Center, a house of hospitality in the Buffalo area.
In my Grey Nun community, I experienced exemplary mentors and deep friendships. Reading scripture during a faith crisis, I sensed a call to be in solidarity with and work with the poor, using my education to provide counseling services they might not be able to afford. The call to working with our sisters in community ministry afforded me the opportunity to know them and be appreciative of their ministries. Later in life, my call to community evolved to include the whole Earth and Cosmos! I feel a deep call to honor and care for God’s creation, Our Common Home. During these 60 years, our congregation has supported me in my evolution and calls. As a life-long learner, I have had many opportunities to open myself to the new. I am so grateful to all who have touched my life and helped me to grow. I have leaned on God’s steadfast love as in the words of Ps. 117, “The Lord’s love for us is strong; the Lord’s love for us is faithful forever. Alleluia! Cry, Jubilee!”