Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Sister Martin Vandervest

A love for Eucharist and a sense of humor about African violets

Sister Martin Vandervest

What was your first job before entering community or your first ministry? What did you enjoy about it?
After receiving my teaching certificate from Door-Kewaunee Normal School in 1946, I accepted a teaching position in McKinley School, a one-room elementary school. There were 35 students in grades 1-8. I enjoyed seeing them develop reading and thinking skills.

As Franciscans celebrate 800 years since St. Clare joined St. Francis in following Christ, what one facet of her life would you like more people to know?
I would like more people to know of St. Clare's deep love for the Eucharist. She had firm confidence in repelling invading soldiers by holding up the Holy Eucharist.

We often hear the phrase, "We are Easter people." What does it mean to you or how do you live it?
To be Easter people means we believe in resurrected life after death. I try to live it by being a joy-filled, hopeful person.

What makes you laugh?
My hobby is raising violets. It made me laugh when I looked at the African violet leaf cutting and found new leaf growth after impatiently waiting for eight or more weeks.

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