Sr. Albertus’ work in the sponsorship office has been somewhat different over the past four years because Sr. Anne McNamara, director of sponsorship, works primarily from a west coast office and is present in the east cost office only for board meetings and leadership reports. This dual venue has necessitated Sr. Albertus’ having to learn more about the details of the office so that she can help Sr. Anne prepare for various meetings. A great deal of their day-to-day communication is by email and phone.
As in any position, Sr. Albertus’ ministry has its challenges but she is quick to acknowledge that her biggest challenge involves email. “It’s hard to believe but keeping up with emails is a real challenge—and getting rid of them,” she said, “especially now that much of our Social Justice Fund work is accomplished via email.” However, Sr. Albertus is quick to point out what she enjoys most about her work—and much of that enjoyment derives from the people with whom she works and the atmosphere that they help to create—an atmosphere that she describes as positive , liberating, and joy-filled. She described enthusiastically the gifts and contributions of each person with whom she works:
Sr. Nora Nash who works endlessly to make the world a better place and who can talk with company executives, politicians, Neumann students, and housekeepers with equal ease and concern
Tom McCaney who takes on some of the shareholder and community development and who shares both humor and a friendly spirit
Sr. Anne McNamara who knows how to ask and answer the hard questions in a compassionate way
Sr. Mary Teresa Coll who helps with a variety of jobs we can’t get to and who brightens the office with her light-hearted humor.