Sister Eleanor Suther
I grew up on a farm in the Flint Hills. I enjoyed walking in the great outdoors–climbing to the top of hills where it felt like I could see forever–at least to the next set of hills. I think that is where I felt close to God. When I came across Psalm 148, I found words to express what I felt.
My sister, Betty (a year older than I), always knew she wanted to be a Sister. When she was a freshman, she went to a boarding school in Concordia with the Sisters of St. Joseph. That future never occurred to me except when I went to visit her once. One of her friends asked if I planned to come to their school next year. I was shocked. Who? Me? I had never considered it.
But when I went home, I began to ponder whether that might have been God’s call. Eventually by the time I was a senior in high school, I decided to try it out. But I wanted to be sure that I was not just following my sister, so I decided to enter at Mount St Scholastica.
My childhood in Blaine, Ks, also gave me a feel for the life of rural communities. Most of my ministry has been focused in rural communities, serving as a minister of catechetics in rural parishes, being on the board of the National Rural Life Conference, writing a catechetical series for families in rural parishes, serving on the faculty of Benedictine College, being a member of the archdiocesan pastoral ministry department and then director of the Institute for Religious Studies, providing ongoing formation in religious studies for teachers and catechists in the region.
One of my retirement activities is crocheting sets of finger puppets to help children to learn and experience the Christmas story.