Sister Mary Riley, OP, presently of Blacklick, OH, is celebrating a significant anniversary this year. 2017 marks Sister Mary’s 50th year of consecrated life.
“As a novice making religious profession, I placed my trust in God, as expressed in the words of Eph. 3:20: Trusting in God’s love, whose power at work within us is able to accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine,” Sr. Mary said. “These words of scripture have been fulfilled through the joy and laughter of children, the compassion and love of faith-filled holy persons with whom I have been blessed to walk in ministry and the overflowing gratitude and peace God has placed in my heart through the lives of each one whose life has touched mine.”
Sister Mary, a native of Columbus, spent her ministry in the education and development of young children. She has taught in grade schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois, and serves today as the Media Specialist and Parish Volunteer at St. Matthias Parish in Columbus, OH.
In speaking of her 50 years of school and parish work, Sr. Mary says, “The faces of the little ones and immigrants new to this country, with their trust and openness, truly reflect God’s tender love and allow me to glimpse God’s face more clearly.”
One of the greatest gifts of Sr. Mary’s religious life was a visit to the lands of Dominic, founder of the Dominican order, to walk in the footsteps of St. Dominic and St Catherine of Siena. For Sr. Mary, this experience brought to life Dominic’s commitment to link preaching and radical poverty. “Dominic placed the details of his fragile and vulnerable community in God’s hands,” Sr. Mary says. “Today, as in the time of Dominic, we are, through the power of the Holy Spirit, being called to walk our journey leaving the details in God’s hands.”