Sister Dorothy Schweitzer
I received far more than I gave.
As I look back over the 50 years I have been a Sister of St. Joseph, I am amazed that the years have melted away so quickly. Even more — I am filled with gratitude for the gifts I have received. Through most of these years, I was a high school teacher in Toronto, Oshawa, Vancouver and Edmonton. I was able to approach each of these new assignments, each new school and new community, with a spirit of adventure and enthusiasm (pure gift to me from God!).
I remember the joys and challenges of helping young people to learn and grow, and of the collaboration with fellow teachers. A few highlights of these days were: a back-packing trip in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with grade ten girls from Caritas High School; and the various high school musicals which I helped to put on (Bye-Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls and Oliver).
Through most of my life I have worked in ministry with other Sisters, always with their support and encouragement. Other gifts I have received: my studies at the Toronto School of Theology; my six years of living with and taking care of my elderly parents and the support I received from community, family and good friends during that time; my eight years as vocation director, with the sacred privilege of journeying with women wanting to deepen their relationship with God. In this last ministry, I have been enriched by the help and friendship of other vocation directors.
The years have brought me many joys, challenges and some sorrows, as in any life. Overall, I realize that I received far more than I gave. The overarching reality has been God's faithful love and care, every step of the way. I face the future with hope and the certainty that "God's mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning." (Lamentations 3:22b-23)