Image: (L-R) Sr. Patricia Ann Hamiter, CCVI Archivist, and the University of St. Thomas Senior Nursing Students at the CCVI Archives.

By Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll

On February 23, 2018, 40 University of St. Thomas (UST) senior nursing students accompanied by Dr. Michael Sullivan and Dr. Lucindra Campbell (professors at UST) visited Villa de Matel for a morning of reflection on their calling as nurses. Sr. Kevina Keating, Congregational Leader, addressed the group and encouraged them to continue on their journey of becoming healers. The morning consisted of a dynamic presentation on the Sacred Vocation of nurses by Dr. Sullivan. It included the themes of: the capacity to heal, to avoid harm, barriers to the work of their vocation and embracing their vocation fully.

Sr. Patricia Ann Hamiter, CCVI Archivist, gave an inspiring tour of the Archives with an emphasis on the history of the Congregation’s nursing schools at St. Mary’s Galveston, St. Joseph’s, Houston and UST. Sr. Patricia Ann made special mention of Sr. Martina Casey, R.I.P., who was passionate about nursing education and introduced a comprehensive curriculum for the nursing program. She never lost hope that somehow the nursing school would continue into the future.

The students enjoyed a tour of the Villa de Matel Chapel and were privileged to have Sr. Edwin Berry to encourage them to respond to the call to religious life. Finally, the students participated in a “sending forth” ritual with a prayer of blessing written by Fr. John O’ Donohue.

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