Sister Linda Soler, OSB, delivered the eulogy at Sister Mary Joanne's service. The following is the eulogy as written and spoken.
Karin Barrett delivered the eulogy at Sister Joan's service. The following is the eulogy as written and spoken.
Sister Linda Soler, OSB, gave the eulogy at Sister Duane’s service. The following is the eulogy as written and spoken.
The monastic community would like to offer our sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Sister Duane. We had the privilege of journeying with Sr. Duane because she touched the lives of so many people. A heartfelt thank you to our healthcare staff who cared for Sister Duane with unconditional love. With dignity and grace, she lived her monastic life fulfilling her Baptismal call by letting go to take the hand of God. In the Gospel, Jesus said I am the way and the truth, and the life. Sister Duane would embrace those words knowing someday Jesus would prepare a place for her. As in the Gospel, Sister Duane did believe, and allowed the works of Jesus, knowing life would not always be easy, yet the Gospel message was the fabric of her life when Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith also in me.”
As we find our way forward in this unprecedented time, our world has never been more in need of hope and and reassurance. Throughout history, monasteries have served as beacons of light, hope and faith. This hope helps to remind us that our current challenges do not have the final word. The approaching Easter rituals remind us that when Jesus Christ died on the cross, hope was not lost—instead Christ rose from the dead! Yes, death died, and hope lives! We are Easter people—no matter how circumstances may seem, we have a blessed assurance of victory in Christ. Together, let us strengthen our hope so that we all may become beacons of hope to the world.