Sister Myra celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020.
Her profession is Sister M. Timothy's "fault."
Sister Myra claims “it’s Sister M. Timothy’s fault” that she is a Dominican instead of a Franciscan Sister.
She tells the story like this: “I met Sister Timothy at Our Lady of Grace (Chicago) before I entered the community. We had a party for Georgiana Stubner before she entered the Dominicans. That is where I met Sister Timothy. I really liked her. She was a happy and friendly person. She and Sister Lucille were bringing Georgiana to Springfield and invited me along. This was my first trip to Springfield. It helped me decide to be a Dominican rather than join the congregation of Franciscans who taught me.”
That simple invitation to a road trip became a lifelong commitment to consecrated life and years of dedication as an elementary school teacher for Sister Myra. Before she completed 54 years of teaching, she taught every grade K-8, and spent a dozen years as Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinator in Decatur.
When she retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2015, she continued to welcome guests as a receptionist and ferry sisters to appointments as a driver until 2018.
Sister Myra’s ministry assignments
1960-1963 Little Flower, Springfield, Ill. , Grade 4
1963-1970 St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson, Ill., Grades 2-3
1971 St. Maurice, Morrisonville, Ill., Grades 1-2
1971-1978 St. Edward, Chicago, Grades K-1
1978-1984 Our Lady of Grace, Chicago, Grade 1, grade 6
1984-1985 St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson, Ill., Grade 6
1985-1987 St. Peter, Aurora, Ill., Grades 5-6
1987-1999 Our Lady of Lourdes, Decatur, Ill., Grades 6-8, PSR coord.
1999-2015 Our Lady of Grace, Chicago, Grades 6-8
2015-2018 Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill. , Driver, receptionist
2018-Present Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill., Ministry of prayer