Sue Paweski has been a Sister of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods for 22 years. Most of her professional life has been in education, both in elementary schools and in adult education in several universities, primarily in admissions. For 10 years, she has ministered in the advancement office of her congregation. Currently, she is co-director of her community's associate program.
I am elated that Pope Francis has proclaimed a year for St. Joseph. I have a special devotion to St. Joseph because he reminds me of my father, who was a steady, faithful presence in our family. Joseph has that same aura.
When I found out that my great-grandmother was Jewish, I wanted to explore Judaism's prayer, customs and traditions. The new knowledge of my heritage gave me more than just another ethnicity; it gave me an insight into the gift of diversity.
I assumed that I might tweak myself here and there and all would be well. What I didn't realize was that by accepting the call, I was bound to let go of those aspects of my life that didn't resonate with the life of a woman religious.