Sister María Luisa (Molly) Muñoz
What year did you enter the CHM community? 1956
What inspired you to join the community? The priest at the parish. I was pretty young. I prayed to St. Jude and asked what God wanted me to do with my life. That’s where Mother Magdalen came in. I and the sisters at the parish took Delphine to enter. Mother Magdalen came down the stairs and said, “I think you have a religious vocation.” Of course, I asked St. Jude if it was true. I cried. I entered the following week.
What ministries were/are you engaged in? First, I was put in the kitchen as a baker. And I loved it. But later on I was asked to go to school. I went to nurses’ training and loved it. I worked with migrant farm workers in Iowa. I was a missionary in Mexico, had a clinic and studied to be a midwife in Mexico. At present, I am working with farm workers in the Archdiocese of Denver.
What is your favorite form of prayer? Mental prayer, celebration of the Eucharist (daily Mass), praying the rosary daily.
What is your favorite Scripture? Matthew
Who is your spiritual mentor? God
Sister Kathryn O’Meara
What year did you enter the CHM community? 1949
What inspired you to join the community? The CHMs I came in contact with were so down to earth, friendly, etc. The community was the right size (I didn’t want a huge group) and health care was one of the mission options.
What ministries were/are you engaged in? I taught for five years while attending Marycrest College in Davenport to obtain an education degree. Then, I entered St. Joseph School of Nursing (three-year program); upon graduation, I worked on the medical unit and in the emergency room. In ’68 I completed a B.S. in nursing at Marycrest. Following that I worked with Project Hope-Land Base Teams in Tunisia and on the Navajo Reservation. I obtained certification for Family Nurse Practitioner in 1974 and returned to the Navajo Reservation working in a field clinic and doing public health. I obtained a master’s degree in Nursing in ‘81 from the University of Georgia, Augusta (working in three rural health clinics during that time). I taught in family nurse practitioner programs for five years in Virginia. Prior to retirement, I was a nurse practitioner in the medical department of a local manufacturing company in Richmond, Va. Vatican II and the concept of “self-determination” enabled this.
What is your favorite form of prayer? A variety of forms: group, private, etc.
What is your favorite Scripture? New Testament: Luke
Sister Dolores Schuh
What year did you enter the CHM community? 1954
What inspired you to join the community? CHM teachers I had in grades 2-12, especially Sister Miriam Rita Goga.
What ministries were/are you engaged in? Teaching (high school and college at Ottumwa Heights College; OHC administrative staff (registrar and director of admissions); ecumenism (executive associate at Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minn., 30 years); presently: death-row pen pal ministry and work to abolish capital punishment in U.S.A.
What is your favorite form of prayer? Psalms, private prayer
What is your favorite Scripture? Parables of prodigal son and good Samaritan, Isaiah 55.
Who [was] your spiritual mentor? Daniel Durken, O.S.B.