A “Visitation” with Sr. Helen Dugan and a Blessing

By Monica May, Development Director

Sr. Helen Dugan
Sr. Helen Dugan

Working at the Province Center means it’s easy for me to visit with Sisters living here. Stopping for a few minutes at Helen Dugan’s room last week made for such a good start to my day, I thought it would enrich yours, too.

Sr. Helen had been reading from a little missalette about the feast of the Visitation, about Elizabeth saying to Mary, “How does this happen to me?”

And Sr. Helen read more to me: “We often say these words to express our frustration and despair: how can I be so unlucky to have this happen to me?  But Elizabeth’s words express her delight and welcome to Mary and the child in her womb.  How much richer our lives would be if we followed Elizabeth’s example. We should pause often during the day and say, “How does this happen to me – to have this loving person/ great job/useful talent/ or rewarding opportunity in my life!”

What a good reminder. Over the past 93 years, Sr. Helen has been such a loving person herself, and a great blessing for me and so many people — students, friends, family. Join me in thanking God for the blessing of her long life and her loving kindness, and for every other reason each of us has for being grateful.

And on behalf of all the Sisters of Notre Dame, I say in gratitude and wonder to you, “How does it happen” . . .  that we have been blessed with your goodness and generosity.  Thank you!

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