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Sister Enid Selke

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How fortunate to be able to once again do what I love to do — to teach!
I always wanted to be a teacher (so I could use a red pencil)! I attended St. Joseph's College School and then, on September 7th, 1941, I entered the convent. 

For 30 years, I taught in classrooms across Canada or served as principal in elementary schools, always fostering happy Christian communities. Holy Rosary in Toronto and St. John's in Whitby stand out in my memory with special affection.
 
In 1982-83, I spent a sabbatical year at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. My studies there prepared me for my ministry across the Diocese of Hearst in Northern Ontario for these past 29 years. I am a member of St. Patrick's Parish Pastoral Team in Kapuskasing where our mission statement is focused on building a strong, vibrant, joyful, welcoming community which celebrates faith, prays and grows together. I began teaching again, offering a variety of courses, workshops, and retreat days. Over the years, many participants grew closer together as a community and deepened their relationship with Our Lord.
 
In 1986, following my father's death, we built the Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in his memory to meet the spiritual needs of the English-speaking people in the French parishes in the Hearst Diocese. How fortunate to be able to once again do what I love to do — to teach! The centre's priority is to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love and to create unity and community. As Animator, much of my time is given to obtaining, providing and facilitating programs of a spiritual nature. I have come full circle from my wish as a little girl. As a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, 70 years later I'm still busy teaching. (But I no longer want to use a red pencil)!

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