Franciscan Sister Called to Use Gifts

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

May 20, 2018

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares on the many talents God bestowed on Sister Renita Tadych. Read the entire reflection: Franciscan Sister Renita Tadych Reflection

Sister Renita loved being a Sister and a teacher. As a teacher she taught in Ohio, Michigan, California, Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona and Wisconsin. Sister Renita taught Elementary Grades for 13 years, High School for 16 years, 20 years in College and two years were spent as an Elementary School Librarian. Sister Renita also loved being a student. She prized the educational opportunities given to her which broadened her knowledge base and enabled her to share so much more with her students.

Since her dissertation covered Franciscanism in the Nature Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins she presented a course three different summers for Continuing Formation either for audit or for credit. The past few years she has led Book Discussions. She was beginning to outline the book chosen for this summer, Treasures Uncovered: The Parable of Jesus. From her perspective now, many unknown treasures have been uncovered for Sister Renita.

When asked about her special talents, skills, hobbies and interests Sister Renita said she liked to knit, crochet, draw, play piano, sing, cook, read, sew and tutor. Sister Renita said, “God gave me many talents and I hope that by sharing them with others I can enhance their lives and their perspectives on life. My deepest joy, however, is not being a teacher, though that is a close second. My deepest joy is trying to be the religious the Lord wants me to be. Being able to see the good in things that happen and not ‘sweating the small stuff’! …. When my health broke down and I could no longer go out to teach, I realized that this was part of the ‘small stuff’ and that the Lord would set it aright.’” Sister Renita earned many prestigious awards in her lifetime. In the past few years we can add the achievements of the International Sister Students whom she encouraged and challenged in her tutoring. Read more Franciscan Sister Renita Tadych Reflection

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