National Vocation Awareness Week: The Beauty of Religious Life

November 1, 2019

In celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week, Sr. Anita Bolton, Province Assistant and Holy Redeemer Health System Mission Integration representative, offers her reflection on “The Beauty of Religious Life.”

The Beauty of Our Heritage of Healing

Our congregation, what is now called Sisters of the Redeemer, was founded by Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger in 1849 to serve sick and poor persons in their homes. Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger, exemplified the simplicity and beauty of a faith-filled life that witnessed the redeeming love of Jesus in our world. Her legacy of healing continues through each of our Sisters, our Redeemer Associates, our Redeemer Ministry Corp volunteers, and all the members of our Holy Redeemer family.

The Beauty of Our International Congregation

 As an international congregation of Sisters from Tanzania, Germany, and the United States, we joyfully proclaim the joy of the Gospel with our lives and share the merciful love of Jesus with others.  Due to internationality of our Congregation, we experience the world Church that sensitizes us to the needs of people globally.

The Beauty of Human Love

We pattern our lives on Jesus, our Redeemer, valuing the dignity, uniqueness, and beauty of each person sharing in their lives and rendering service. We see the beauty of human life and the love within the human heart that carries the deepest and most treasured part of our earthly journey.

The Beauty of Our Charism

We cherish the lives of the Sisters who have gone before us, as we follow their example of witnessing the Redeemer’s redeeming love, which gives meaning to human suffering and death.

The Beauty of Our Earth

We live in a shared home, which God has entrusted to us. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us to care for others and to care for the gift of God’s creation. Those who live in poverty suffer the most when we do not responsibly care for creation. We are called to stand together with poor and vulnerable persons and to advocate for the integrity and reverence of human life.

 The Beauty of Catholic Health Care 

Through the ministries of Holy Redeemer Health System, a full continuum of care is provided to the community with a holistic approach, tending to the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of patients, residents, and clients.

The Beauty of a Hope-Filled Future

We want to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of the Redeemer and to pass on this vibrant mission to those who will come after us. In a spirit of hope, we desire to find new ways to create alternative spaces where the Gospel approach of self-giving, fraternity, encounter, dialogue, embracing differences, and love of one another can thrive.