Sister Monica Marie Kelly
The Lord has been at my side...
The word that comes to mind is: "Changes." When I first entered on September 14, 1962, there were 26 new postulants, today called candidates. That band number decreased each time I took a new step: receiving the habit, first vows, renewal of vows and final vows on August 26, 1970. I first trained in nursing but much preferred the Food Supervisor’s Course that followed. It gave me the opportunity to visit different downtown hospitals and take courses like the excellent Food Cooking and Nutrition Course at George Brown College.
This led to joining the food service at Providence Villa. A story that stands out in my mind is about adjustment challenges for residents. One night, a new senior came into the dining room and then disappeared. Someone spotted her in the fields north of the residents’ dining room — the large numbers had disturbed her. But with the help of staff and residents, she was made to feel right at home in a day or two.
My next ministry involved helping out the secretaries in the large inner city schools of the Metropolitan Separate School Board. Here, I encountered many fine principals. In 2001, I was asked to help out at Fontbonne Ministries’ Mustard Seed.
During my life as a Sister of St. Joseph, I have been involved in many congregational ministries, namely: food service at the St. Joseph’s College and at St. Joseph Morrow Park High School’s cafeteria; both food service and hospitality at Invermara from the early 60’s to the present. Changes have taken place continually over the past 50 years, each bringing its own challenges. The Lord has been at my side from the beginning in 1962 and continues to be the one constant throughout the 50 years.