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Sister Jeanne Ubinger

I have been a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh for 60 years. I think what led me to Religious life is the fact that from early on, I was acquainted with Religious Sisters. My aunt was a Sister of Mercy. My mother had friends in the Charity Sisters who also visited with us.

My own sister entered our Community. When we visited her I was impressed with sung Sunday Vespers.  At age 12, I met for the first time the Priest cousin who had baptized me. He was a Passionist missionary in China and had returned to the States for the first time since my baptism, due to World War II. I had heard much about him in my growing-up years. So to me it seems God was gradually guiding me to Religious life.

I spent 40 years teaching school including ten years teaching teenagers with special needs.  I served as the Community secretary for 12 years.  I was Director of Oblates and I served as a nursing home Chaplain for three years.  I am now working in the Office of Community Advancement here in the Monastery.

At the Retreat before I made First Vows, the Retreat Master had said, “Love is not shown in the promise; love is shown in fidelity.” That has stayed with me all these years, and is one of the guiding principles of my life. I have daily prayed for the grace of lifelong fidelity.

While my style of personal prayer has changed through the years, at present I find my quiet time with the Lord, with Scripture, and with other reading. The Rule of Benedict speaks to me in many ways, and commentaries help me to relate it to my life in ways I did not learn early on.

There have been ups and downs through the years, but God was always there giving strength for whatever He allowed. I am a happy Benedictine Sister, ready and willing to serve the Lord for years to come, in whatever ways He asks.

 

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