Profiles in Ministry – Sister Mary James Kelly

Profiles in Ministry – Sister Mary James Kelly

After 44 years of classroom teaching, 30 of which were in Junior High, I decided to let younger, more vital teachers carry on that ministry.  But I love teaching, so I opted to volunteer at our SND Legacy Project. We helped adult learners to increase their literacy skills and work toward obtaining their GED.  It was incredibly rewarding to help adults achieve what circumstances had ordained they could not: to show them how truly intelligent they are and that the future was waiting for them.

While we successfully graduated many, GED requirements became more stringent, and fewer students came or persevered. We closed the Legacy Project in 2017.

At the same time, Sr. Marie Manning was looking for secretarial help in Global Missions Office within the Mission Advancement Department. Being a St. Stephen High School graduate, (albeit 60 yrs. ago) I had some qualifications, so I thought I would give it a try.  It’s been fun and rewarding ever since.  The little jobs are varied so it’s a joy to come to the office, which I can do on my own time and days—a real blessing.

I also enjoy helping the pastoral team in the Health Care Center as a driver 4-5 times a month.  It’s a great retirement!  I can live our charism so fully by aiding the missions and the ill.  I enjoy so much of it, but I think once again, that working on a team of very dedicated women who have our charism in their hearts and set a wonderful example, is the true blessing.