Celebrating her 50th Jubilee — Sister Ann Delaney
I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph
During the hot summer of August 1957, I was a 14-year-old Irish immigrant who had just left all my peers. In Grade 9 at St. Joseph’s College School, I was feeling completely “new.” But I remember how very moved I was with the joyful spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the kind way with which they interacted with one another. At St. Michael’s Hospital, I witnessed the Sisters of St. Joseph in ministry living the Gospel call: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto Me” (Matthew 25). It seemed to me in my summer job as if everyone in the hospital lived the same Gospel call.
That influenced me to respond to my vocational call to become a Sister. Ministering as a Critical Care Nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, I too lived the call of Matthew 25. Following studies in Theology, I became a Spiritual Director and Counselor, continuously finding myself being a spiritual nurse to wounded hearts and souls. The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is also part of my ministry.
Our Foundress, Mother Delphine Fontbonne, cared for immigrants and orphans. In 2002, I began Delphine’s Table as an outreach to immigrants today. A supper meal, prayer and sharing continues to be a delightful experience. As a Golden Jubilarian in Consecrated Life, I celebrate with gratitude God’s graces and blessings over the past 50 years as I continue in ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph.