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Ridgewood NJ, Last week Sr. Marilyn Minter strummed some tunes for the religious education program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, in Ridgewood . Sr. Marilyn’s energetic spirit had everyone on their feet!
Dr. Marie Cueman, Director of the Institute for Gerontology at Felician University, recently conducted an interview with Sr. Marilyn Minter on RadioFelician University, shedding light on her impactful mission work in Haiti. Here are some key insights from their conversation.
Sr. Marilyn Minter, CSSF, reflects on her remarkable journey living in the Caribbean as a Felician Sister of North America, serving among the impoverished community of Jacmel, Haiti. Hailing from Metuchen, New Jersey, and a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison, Sr. Minter’s encounter with Felician Sisters early in life ignited her passion for faith-driven service. She fondly recalls the influence of these sisters who embodied faith, energy, testimony, and joy, inspiring her to follow in their footsteps.
After briefly attending Caldwell College, Sr. Minter found her academic and spiritual home at Felician College, where she immersed herself in education and embraced the vibrant Felician community. Her journey took a transformative turn as she delved into music, teaching herself to play guitar and joining a rock-and-roll band with classmates. Through songwriting, she found a profound expression of her faith and identity as a daughter of God, ultimately leading her to heed the call to religious life.
For nearly five decades, Sr. Minter has dedicated herself to the Felician Sisters’ mission, currently serving in Jacmel, Haiti. Despite the challenges of poverty and corruption, she emphasizes the resilience and hope of the Haitian people, who embody strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.
At the heart of the Felician Sisters’ mission in Haiti lies the Mother Angela Kitchen, a beacon of hope named after the order’s founder, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska. Through this initiative, the Sisters empower Haitian women and youth by providing food for hungry students and fostering a sense of community and self-sufficiency. Additionally, plans for the Mother Angela Mobile Clinic and the Felician Bakery further exemplify the commitment to empowerment and sustainability, aiming to uplift and transform lives in Haiti.
Sr. Minter’s profound reflection on the ministry of presence encapsulates the Felician Sisters’ ethos of being the leaven in the world, quietly fostering positive change and hope in communities across the globe. As she continues her mission in Haiti, Sr. Minter remains a testament to the transformative power of faith, service, and compassion, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps and spread hope throughout the world.
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