Written on: May 6, 2020
“The people I visit give more to me than I give to them. They are faith-filled people and never complain about their illnesses, loneliness or pain.” Sister Karen Marie meets these wonderful people as Pastoral Associate at St. Margaret’s Parish in Buffalo, NY. She brings Communion to the homebound and visits them on a regular basis. This is a change from her life of ministry in education.
Sister Karen was born in Buffalo and educated by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in elementary and high school at Holy Angels School and Holy Angels Academy respectively. After fourteen years teaching elementary school in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and in the New York area, she earned a Master’s degree at Providence College in Theology and Scripture and for 37 years taught Religion and served as Campus Minister at her alma mater, Holy Angels Academy. These years allowed her to have an impact on the lives of young women and for her, were very special years. Sister Karen served for many years as Mission Coordinator for the Grey Nun congregation and traveled extensively to parishes throughout the country to speak of the Grey Nuns missions in Kodiak and Lima, Peru and later, through the Propagation of the Faith, to raise funds for their continuance.
During these sixty years, I have been so very, very blessed! I look back with an overwhelming sense of gratitude to God! The Grey Nuns who taught me at Holy Angels Grade School, Holy Angels Academy, and D’Youville College enriched me beyond academics. The Grey Nuns that I lived with, taught alongside, became friends with, and those that came into my life in a variety of situations, modeled the charism of St. Marguerite for me. I have been blessed by my family, friends, and all those who touched my life at Melrose Academy in Philadelphia, Blessed Sacrament in Jackson Heights, St. Joseph’s Home in Ogdensburg, Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo, and St. Margaret Parish in Buffalo. So many, many wonderful people are etched in my memories and prayers! Finally, the twenty-eight years as GNSH Mission Co-coordinator expanded my vision, and graced me in a way only Divine Providence could design. I am so blessed, and so grateful to God for every day of these sixty years!