Sr. Clare’s work in the spiritual center involves coordinating the use of our five hermitages. Tasks involve not only taking reservations and recording payments, but also being on hand to greet visitors, providing a short orientation for first-time visitors, keeping track of needed repairs and supplies, and cooperating with the housekeeping staff. However, she finds great personal blessings in the ministry. “I’m involved in providing a place for each person to find God,” she explained, “a place to have precious quiet time to be in peace.” She recalled one man who, at arrival, couldn’t understand why his wife insisted that he attend a hermitage weekend. The next day he called and told her simply, “I found God!”
Sr. Clare continues to be a weekly volunteer at Anna’s Place, helping to prepare and serve lunch for the guests. The staff is never sure just how many folks will come and often there is concern over making sure the available food supply will stretch. But Sr. Clare enjoys the opportunity to chat with those who visit. “Their smiles, hugs, and gratitude are more than rewarding,” she explained.