Sister Sue Mosteller
My life-journey has been one of relationships with wonderful and amazing people, some of whom were disabled, and all of whom shaped my transformation.
Sue Mosteller came from Ohio to boarding school with the Sisters of St. Joseph. "The Sisters were open, friendly, and their spirit and vitality drew me, and made me thrive." She later entered the order.
While teaching she met Jean Vanier, Founder of the International network of L'Arche Communities. She said, “I was moved in my heart by this man of God.’ At Vanier’s request, she helped organize North Americans for a pilgrimage to Lourdes for people with disabilities, their families, and young people. She and Sr. Marie Paradis chartered two and a half planes and went to Lourdes with 500 people from North America, joining 12,000 others from 14 countries. Said Sr. Sue. “I was strengthened by this powerful experience."
A new direction
In 1972, Sue began working with L'Arche in Richmond Hill, and remarked, "It’s a gift for me to live here." For 40 years, Sue served in leadership of the community and the Federation. She also worked with Henri Nouwen during his ten years at Daybreak. Sue published three books: the latest, Light Through the Crack: Life after Loss.
In 2012, Sue rejoined her Sisters in a Toronto Convent, where she works for the Henri Nouwen Legacy as a Trustee, a Society Member, and with Henri’s Archival Collection at the University of Toronto St. Michael’s College. She is regularly connected with her friends at L’Arche Daybreak and Toronto, and she gives retreats and workshops.
Of her life to date she says, "My life-journey has been one with wonderful and amazing people, some of whom were disabled, and all of whom shaped my transformation. They demonstrated that love is possible, God's forgiveness is essential, and we are called to walk together on earth."