From organist to baker, Sister Regina serves wherever she goes
Bernice Mary Le Mere is the daughter of the late Louis and Regina Vervaeren Le Mere. She and her siblings, three brothers and a sister, helped with chores at the farm in Howard, Wis. While attending St. John the Baptist School, her teachers were Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. She recalls that as early as third grade, she had a desire to live like the Sisters did. She was received into the Community in 1943 and given the name Sister Mary Regina.
Sister Regina spent her early years at the Motherhouse taking on roles such as baker, kitchen helper, gardener, and farm worker. She studied the life and rule of St. Francis, and recalls, "We all got together in the evening for spiritual reading and recreation ... what a great time we had."
Compassionately responding to the needs of our times
For 42 years, Sister Regina served the elderly people at the McCormick Home in Allouez: organist, baker, food service worker, activity director, and administrator -- her talents were shared in many ways. In addition to her work at McCormick Home, she served as housekeeper at St. John the Baptist, Howard; helped at Holy Name Retreat House on Chambers Island; and worked in the kitchen at Samaritan House in Green Bay.
In 1993,as she marked 50 years of service in religious life, she partially retired to care for her mother, and offered pastoral care for people living at Villa West retirement facility. After her mother died, she began work with Home Instead Senior Care.
Though much has changed in 70 years as a woman religious, Sister Regina says, "the basics of religious life remain the same. Years and years ago, we compassionately responded to the needs of the times. We're still doing that today." Sister Regina demonstrates this daily as she helps those around her. She says her life has been and continues to be "full and wonderful, and grace-filled." She lives in gratitude for all her Sisters and the many blessings she has received.
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