Wisdom and Prayer: Gifts from Ross Hall to Total Community
By Sister Renee Trahan
In the book of Wisdom, Solomon states in praise: “…there is immortality in kinship with Wisdom and good pleasure in her friendship (Wisdom 8: 17-18).
The SCL Community has within its midst women who are likened unto Wisdom and through their many years of service have achieved its kinship.
The sisters of Ross Hall in Leavenworth, Kansas are a hopeful influence for the total SCL Community and for those people whose lives have been touched by these sisters or who in some way know of them. Their present “work” is centered around penetrating prayer – prayer that touches all aspects of humanity. An amazing thought when one stops to think of what a “powerhouse of prayer” can do!
Part of a day spent with the sisters in Ross Hall is a gained richness of part of the holy, unique spirit that prevails among the women there. Perhaps the best place to witness this is at the “coffee shop” in mid-morning where even the fastest wheel chair occupant stops to chat with her other sisters. The bright, sunny Solarium which is really the Ross Hall sisters’ dining room and living room combined, provides a nice atmosphere for a visit. It doesn’t take long to realize that the sisters here consider prayer “their most important progress” and they will not hesitate to let you know.
In the past many of the retired sisters were given missions from Mother Leo Frances to pray especially for certain SCL Community missions and its needs. This year, a good number of the sisters volunteered to “adopt” a community house for which they wished to pray. They were also given the names of the sisters in these particular houses.
The response from the sisters working on the missions is tremendous. Appreciation to the sisters has been shown in many different ways – letters, cards, gifts – just a “little something” to say that they share in the “riches of an unfailing treasure.”
Sister Agnes Joseph Walker has adopted the high school missions of Ward, Bishop Hogan and Pius X plus the South American missions. Sister taught for many years in the Kansas / Missouri schools and is well aware of the school and parish needs.
Sister M. Emilda Gleason prays daily for all the sisters and their intentions. She says she would rather do it this way since she remembers the entire community in her prayers always.
Sister Mary Oswald Erb prays for the intensions of those at Blessed Sacrament school and parish in Kansas City, and Our Lady’s Presentation in Lee’s Summit. Sister has taught in both elementary and secondary schools for over 25 years and knows well the special needs for which to pray.
St. Daniel’s School and parish, along with Ward and Hogan high schools, are remembered daily by Sister Mary Valentina Harmon.
Hospital intentions are not forgotten either with Sister Mary Alberta McEvoy, once in the field of health services herself, now adopting the sisters of St. Francis hospital in Topeka, Kansas.
It is assuring for the people who know the sisters in Ross Hall can be counted on to remember many intentions they may have. Their prayer is that of ageless Wisdom reaching limits that they themselves can never imagine.
Remember the departed Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, especially
Sister Agnes Joseph Walker, 1896-1975
Sister M. Emilda Gleason, 1892-1976
Sister Mary Oswald Erb, 1891-1976
Sister Mary Valentina Harmon, 1885-1978
Sister Mary Alberta McEvoy, 1897-1980
May they, and all departed Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, continue to hold the community and its missions in prayer.