In Celebration of a Jubilee





                                        Sr. Adelaide Link, SFP

                                                    60 Years

                                        Entrance Date: March 1, 1951

First Profession: September 8, 1953

                                        Perpetual Vows:  August 25, 1959



I am happier now than I was when I entered! I have absolutely no regrets. I have been so blessed. I never expected, as a farmer’s daughter, to learn so much or go to so many places.

I have served in Dayton OH, Detroit, MI, Brazil and Senegal; I served from 1989 to 2008 in Chinle, AZ on the Navaho Reservation at Talbot House Catholic Charities. Now I work near Dayton, Ohio in a food pantry and homeless shelter and volunteer at Tamar’s Place in Cincinnati.

Over the years, I certainly have learned to incorporate the meaning of the "Serenity Prayer" – God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference – in my daily work! I have learned different ways to think and pray. From this, I developed a therapeutic model for healing; letting go of the ‘baggage' of life and learning to claim – and acclaim – one's strengths in the goodness of God, our Creator.

My commitment to our charism, to heal the wounds of a suffering humanity, has deepened through the development of this circular, holistic healing model which incorporates the four directions with Mother Earth and Father Sky and all life in a spiritual hoop that never ends.

Now I am looking forward to working in another mission. I am 76 years old, but my Dad worked until he was 89, and my brother is still working at 88 – so why not me?
If I were to give anyone advice about their vocation, it would be this: Always be hopeful – and always believe in your vocation!

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sr. Adelaide Link, SFP

                                                                                                                                                                                                 published, december 2011

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