New Catholic sisters’ voices resound with gratitude

Sr. Janice Hartman

Sr. Janice began her vocation journey later in life, and says she’s grateful “that door opened for me.” She ministers as a certified nursing assistant and resident care assistant at St. Anne’s Salvatorian
Campus in Milwaukee. Sr. Janice feels privileged to walk the path of the first Salvatorian Sisters who came to America to provide home care to elders. ”Caring for people who now make St. Anne’s their home, I do feel I carry on their legacy.” How has life as a Salvatorian impacted her ministry at St. Anne’s? Sr. Janice answers simply, “It’s given me greater compassion. Christ is using me to show His love for people in need.”

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Sr. Debra Breese

Sr. Debra began her Salvatorian journey along with Sr. Janice in 2008. That legacy of the first Salvatorian Sisters who came to the U.S. inspires her ministry at Divine Savior Healthcare (DSH) in Portage, Wis. Sr. Debra has dedicated her formation journey to learning how dementia affects residents she cares for in Tivoli assisted living center at DSH. She recalls feeling fear and despair in a workshop that simulated living with dementia. She says her ongoing training helps her “bring our Savior’s love to Tivoli residents in many ways.” When asked about religious life, Sr. Debra is happy to talk about it with residents and co-workers. She says, “They have truly been a witness to my formation.”

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New Catholic sisters Sr. Debra and Sr. Janice are shown here with their formation directors, Sr. Mary Lee Grady (back left) and Sr. Pauline Feiner (back right).

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