Sr. Angela copies information, prepares individual folders for a bulk mailing, and stacks the collated packets awaiting postage.
In light of its multiple services, the office is definitely a place of comings and goings—contacts that Sr. Angela enjoys. “I love my ministry—and especially enjoy the people who come in and out all day,” she said. “I try to create a friendly, professional atmosphere,” For many people, dealing with machinery would present an insurmountable challenge. However, that challenge is something Sr. Angela enjoys. “I realize that I’m a great deal like my father,” she said. “We both like machines and like to explore different ways to get the most out of them.” At the same time, she recognizes the challenges of her position. “Since so many people use the office, maintaining the machines and the order in the office can be challenging,” she said. “As the ‘steward’ for this office, I take my responsibility seriously, making sure the orders for supplies are placed well in advance and procured in the most economical way—while not compromising quality.”
In spite of the busy atmosphere of the office, Sr. Angela enjoys quiet time—and uses it creatively. Her skill with a needle is evident in the many sweaters, shawls, baby outfits, and scarves she makes. Many of her creations are used to help others. Some, for example are sold or auctioned at events sponsored by our congregational ministries, for example the Franciscan Foundation and the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Others are shared with nearby places where our sisters minister—schools like Drexel Neumann Academy and Our Lady of Angels School. Perhaps Sr. Angela’s response to why she enjoys her ministry applies to her “down time” as well. “I’m glad to be able to help people,” she explained. “It gives me joy to be responsive to the needs of others.”