“From the very beginning,” Sr. Charlene says, “my ministry has been ever-evolving.” That’s been especially true in Sr. Charlene’s case. She began her ministry as a teacher in Springfield, KY, and followed that work to Nebraska, Tennessee, and back to Kentucky. “I have enjoyed every ministry along the way,” Sr. Charlene says.
Upon her return to Kentucky, she served as a staff member and on the Leadership Team at the Dominican Motherhouse in Kentucky, as well as development director for the Holy Rosary Academy in Louisville. “As I have engaged with my Sisters in ministry and community,” Sr. Charlene said, “my focus has become less on ‘I’ and more on ‘we’.”
In 2009, Sr. Charlene was named Founded Ministries Liaison for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. In this role, she works closely with the Congregation’s ecology, retreat and senior ministries in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
After 50 years of consecrated life, Sr. Charlene tells today’s young people, “The vowed life is challenging, freeing, cutting edge, life-giving, joyous, adventuresome, and a blessing. Pursue it – God will not let you down when you respond to the call.”