Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady

Sister Helen Cahill

Each day is a new opportunity to reflect on God’s presence in my life and in the lives of those I am privileged to journey with. As a Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, I’ve had many opportunities and experiences to find meaning in my life.

I grew up in Ireland and was impressed by missionaries who came to visit our school and told us of their work. It was then that the seeds were sewn for me to become a Sister. I was blessed to have had wonderful parents who lived Godly lives, and showed by their example what it was to be a good neighbor.

In my years as a Sister, I have had the privilege of being a nurse, and have used my skills in different areas of nursing. Working on the Oncology Unit left a big impression on me; I met so many wonderful and brave people. It was such a privilege to be invited into their lives during their often painful journey.

In a new chapter in my life, I now work as a Chaplain in our Mental and Behavioral Unit. Here, too, I admire the strength and courage it takes to deal with emotional pain. I also have the privilege of visiting our local women’s prison where I’ve met some wonderful people. Sure, they have made mistakes and they are paying the price. This, however, does not stop them from being God’s beloved children, and I constantly remind them of this fact. On a lighter note, I’ve been a reading friend for a second-grader at Magnolia Woods Elementary School for the past few years.

I am blessed to live with supportive Sisters. My prayer life sustains me and gives me the courage to meet my daily opportunities and a chance to get closer to God each day.

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