Written on: April 7, 2017
On her return to the U.S., she continued to serve the homeless poor through the Erie County Board of Health where she was warmly referred to as “Dr. Virginia.”
She then continued her ministry as a volunteer ombudsman in Buffalo, New York, before retiring to the Philadelphia area where she now lives with other Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at Holy Redeemer Lafayette.
Community has always been important to me. Praying together and being helpful to each other. I have always been extremely appreciative of the presence of Jesus within the Holy Eucharist. Jesus not only came to earth but stayed with us through the centuries.
My mission participation has always been with the poor. I have worked in Peru, especially working in a barriada in Calla. I worked at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation among the Seneca Indians. I also developed patient clinics among the homeless. My jubilee of 70 years has been an upward and downward trial of experiences. It has been a marvelous, prayerful journey. Now I’m preparing myself to meet God.