by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 06/07/2011 -
We have started to add a few stories about our memories of Sr. Marietta – why not add your story in the “REACTION” part of this post – or go to our facebook page and leave a note (Click Here)
One year, in Scotland, all the teen-agers went missing after the evening meal. We began to wonder if they had all sneaked out for the night, then after searching the building they were found.
They had managed to find a downstairs room with a television, the only in the building. There they all were crowded around the set watching ‘Neighbours’ and guess who was there in middle of them…… yes Sr. Marietta totally engrossed in the programme. She said she never missed it at home.
On a ‘day out’ in Munster a group of us were sitting outside a cafe. A complete stranger, a lady, came up to Sister and asked if she was English, (Sister’s reply, of course, was ‘No I’m Irish’.)
The lady spoke English and she asked if we would take her photograph with Sister. She said that Sister had such a beautiful face and a lovely smile and an air of peace and joy about her. She wanted to take the image home with her.
Sister loved her Community, her family, Fr. Kentenich and her Schoenstatt family with a passion.
A few of us went to Schoenstatt for Sr. Mary Francine’s Clothing. Sr. Marietta had known Sr. Francine all her life. She was so very proud and happy. One evening the guests went out to a Riverside Bar after sight-seeing. A waitress took an order, 6 beers, a lemonade and a whiskey. She came back and put the drinks on the table, putting the lemonade in front of Sir. Marietta. Sister quickly moved their lemonade and took the whiskey, saying, ‘This one is mine’ - it was!
Sister always took part in the end of week concert. She had a classic sketch about a camel and two asses. We all knew it, almost off by heart, but she still had us helpless laughing.
Another time she dressed up with three other ladies and came on as The Spice Girls. Guess who she was…………. ‘Holy Spice’.
On the Family Week we always set up a Shrine Room for private prayer and daily Mass. Whenever we had ‘free time’ Sister would be in the Shrine Room supporting the week with her prayers.
One year Fr. Brugger led the Family Week and the theme was ‘Ideal oif Christian Marriage’. Sister nobly sat through all the taks and discussions in which Father stressed that the Husband/Wife is the partner’s path to Heaven.
On the last talk Fr. Brugger asked each couple to decide on a motto that they would take home and use for the following year. We shared what we had written and Sr. Marietta read out hers -
‘I WILL GET TO HEAVEN EVEN WITHOUT A HUSBAND!.
(Thanks to Margaret Tite for these first stories...)
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