Sister Susan Holmes: A caring presence at the end of life
A Benedictine sister and hospice chaplain is celebrating 50 years of monastic life this month.
Sister Susan Holmes, who has been a hospice chaplain at Mosaic Life Care Hospice in St. Joseph, Mo., for 14 years, is board certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and holds a master’s degree in pastoral care from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Sister Anne Shepard, prioress, said Sister Susan’s hospice work finds her comforting and praying with men and women experiencing terminal illness.
“As they prepare to leave this life and enter eternal life, she comes to them as a friendly, joyful presence,” Sister Anne said.
For her part, Sister Susan said she loves her ministry to the dying and grieving. “I love getting up each morning because I know I will touch and help people during a very vulnerable time,” she said. “To hold them gently and reassure them is a privilege.”
Before entering hospice ministry, Sister Susan taught in St. Joseph, Mo., and Wetmore, Kan., and was a religious education coordinator and pastoral minister at parishes in Lenexa and Shawnee, Kan., and Columbia and Kansas City, Mo.
Sister Susan is active in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in St. Joseph, serving as lector and teaching occasionally.
- Golden jubilarians Sister Susan Holmes, Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger and Sister Carol Ann Petersen during the Jubilee Mass.
- Golden jubilarian Sister Susan Holmes gets a hug from Sister Anne Shepard during the Jubilee Mass as Sister Esther Fangman looks on.
- Golden jubilarian Sister Susan Holmes, right, serves cake to Sister Berlinda Gallegos during a Jubilee reception in Dooley Center.
- Golden jubilarian Sister Susan Holmes, right, visits with Sisters Mary Benet Obear, left, and Sister Alberta Hermann.
- Golden jubilarian Sister Susan Holmes visits with Sister Joachim Holthaus during a Jubilee reception at Dooley Center.