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Sister Jane Mary Lorbiecki

  Sister Jane Mary Lorbiecki at a parish and school event to thank and congratulate Father Tom Wittliff on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

Faith, prayer, example

“I was born and raised in a very Catholic family. We attended weekly Mass and Sunday night rosary and Benediction. My parents belonged to the Perpetual Prayer Program at Church and prayed at a weekly Holy Hour. In summer, I volunteered for the Hour to be excused from house cleaning! Those Friday afternoons offered me a chance to just “be” in church alone. Faith, prayer and example certainly have influenced my call. 

“I thank my elementary school teachers who were School Sisters of Notre Dame: Mary Panis Geisler (now Rosemary Stonequist), Mary August VandenBergh (now Sister Jenny VandenBergh), Mary Hope Tritz, and Rosaire Long (deceased).”

Sister Jane Mary Lorbiecki as a novice in 1966.  
Sister Jane Mary Lorbiecki uses this picture from 1969 for vocation talks  

A life of blessings

“Throughout my 48 years as a sister I’ve experienced a variety of ministries and communities, all of which have helped me grow. Blessings also include travel to visit our sisters in several areas of the United States, as well as in Europe and Mexico, and involvement in our SSND Associate program since 1992. 

“Each day is a renewal that offers graces and challenges. With God’s help, supportive community, family and friends, we live our commitment of ‘yes, forever’ one day at a time. We are grounded and nurtured through prayer, scripture, sacraments, You Are Sent (the SSND constitution) and our General Chapter mandate “Love Cannot Wait.”

“Vocation stories are as different as the people who live them. Church vocations begin with baptism. Ask and encourage someone to think about becoming a sister. Religious life is a life that calls forth and gives many gifts. It is a life of intimacy with God and others in surprising ways.”

- Sister Jane Mary Lorbiecki, SSND
 (Professed in 1967, Jane Mary currently is 
pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish
 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.)

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