Sr. Hagedorn reflects on religious life

Sister Jeanie Hagedorn, CHM

What year did you enter the CHM community? 1956

What inspired you to join the community? My parents’ deep faith planted in me a strong love of God; their compassion showed me how faith is lived out in a life of daily sacrifice for others. The BVM Sisters who taught me in grade school and high school instilled a desire to love and serve as they did as a sister. The call to the Sisters of Humility was a “God thing” because that was not the direction I had planned. But since I wanted to care for orphans and the CHMs at that time served at the Christ Child Home in Des Moines, a friend encouraged me to talk to Mother Magdalen … the rest is history!

Sr. Hagedorn

What ministries were/are you engaged in? I taught primary grades for 28 years, coordinated religious education programs (parish and diocesan) for 14 years, taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) for nine years and served as CHM Peace and Justice coordinator for nine years. Currently, I am serving on the CHM leadership team as a cabinet member while continuing to be active as a volunteer in peace and justice efforts locally and nationally.

What is your favorite form of prayer? Contemplative prayer using the Scripture readings of the day.

What is your favorite Scripture? Wow. I have so many “fa­vorites.” Jesus’ call of the first disciples is right up there near the top. As is his “let the little children come to me.”

Who is your spiritual mentor? I have had a number of spiritual mentors through the years. Currently some of the authors I read regularly provide counsel and guidance on my spiritual journey (e.g. Henri Nouwen, Joan Chittister, Pope Francis), as well as special friends and sisters who inspire and encourage me in my spiritual growth.

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