Written on: May 6, 2020
Your journey is unfolding exactly as it should be. These words on a plaque in Sister Martha’s apartment, are expressive of her view of life. She recalls the lessons learned early in life from her mother about accepting whatever comes in your life. This was, for her, an introduction to her belief in Divine Providence, a devotion of the Grey Nuns, and her acceptance that life is a mystery unfolding according to God’s Providence. Her journey began in Buffalo, New York, where she attended St. Aloysius School and Holy Angels Academy, staffed by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. She earned a master’s degree from Villanova University. As a young sister, she taught in schools in the New York and Philadelphia areas until, in 1966, she was assigned to Grey Nun Academy in Yardley, PA, where she served for 49 years. She taught first and second grade and for 25 years, pre-school. Eventually, she taught the children of parents who had been her students many years before. Her later years at Grey Nun were as Assistant Principal. Because of her longevity and the impact that she had on the academy, the newest addition to the school was named in her honor, The Moyle Gallery. Martha resides at Holy Redeemer Lafayette in Philadelphia and spends her days helping others in various ways such as driving and visiting. According to Martha, “you don’t have to go far out of your apartment to find someone to help.”
Every day I marvel at Divine Providence. My 60th Jubilee is truly a celebration of my heart. A heart full of gratitude for 60 years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart and a daughter of St. Marguerite. As I prepare to celebrate my Jubilee, I find myself positioned in a trinity of time: past, present and future. The present helps us to recall the past so that by my remembrance, I might more fittingly prepare for the future. My life is a rich tapestry that Divine Providence has skillfully created from my life’s experiences, in bits of varying shades of colors and hues. It is a beautiful tapestry to feel and see but at times impossible to hold. My heart is filled with love to all of you who have become a strong thread in the weaving of the fabric of my life. My life is indeed richer because you have been a part of it. May St. Marguerite’s spirit continue to grow in and through us as we move confidently, with trust in Divine Providence, to an unknown future!