Conversations on Community: Sister Sharon Fitzpatrick
Sister Sharon Fitzpatrick is one of the many artistically gifted sisters in our province. She has had four years of training as a mezzo-soprano and in her spare time enjoys crewel and candle-wicking.
This busy sister also enjoys baking and cooking. She ministers in Spokane, as a Community Life Team member at Mount St. Joseph.
What has been your experience in community life?
I’ve enjoyed living with other sisters because you learn so much from each other. Much is involved living in community. You’re constantly changing and growing and assessing where you can give and take. What’s important is to let go and learn to confront problem areas in a positive way.
What do you think the challenges of community life are?
Challenges depend upon how the sisters deal with them, but if they deal with them in a positive way, it can be a real deepening of relationships. If you look at what’s going on in the dynamics and deal with it rather than submerge it, you can have a real learning experience for everyone involved. It can help us to be better women in terms of our ministry.
How does Providence help you?
My spiritual director tells me it’s not an accident that I’m a Providence sister, because Providence is part of my life. I see myself in terms of following in Mother Gamelin’s footsteps and she had such a love for the elderly. I see Providence in that and it seems my trust in Providence is so real I don’t even think about it. It’s a feeling that no matter what, Providence will be there and show me.
What does it mean to be a Sister of Providence?
It’s my life. There’s a sense of commitment and dedication and it gives purpose to my life. It’s a calling and it’s a challenge, but it’s been very rewarding. Being a Sister of Providence really challenges me to keep growing and working.