Sister Profile: S. Sarah Mitra

Sister Sarah Mitra

What would you say has been the most rewarding time during your service as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet

When I worked at Nazareth as a nurse’s aide. I received more than I gave. The sisters gave themselves. When we listen to the elderly, they have a lot to share. Now that I am a resident, I am still receiving.

 What was your motivation/inspiration in entering the CSJ community?

When I was in high school at Rosati-Kain, two Sisters of St. Joseph approached me about my vocation. Sister Mary DeChantel, taught me Latin and Sister Ann Barbara taught typing. Sister DeChantel asked me if I was interested in religious life. Of course I was. I didn’t know how much I was at the time.

 How do you think you live out the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet?

 By example, my prayer life, my give-and-take with others – by just being myself.

 What experience has shaped you most as a person of God?

 My daily prayer. That’s how I get closer to Jesus and find out what He’s about. I go back to His life in the Gospels. He was an ordinary person, but lived an extraordinary life.

 Who do you look up to and why?

 I worked with Sister Anna Bridget Walsh in the kitchen for one year before I went into nursing. She was one of the nicest persons – and stern – and loving and caring. She gave what she could from the kitchen to my family when my dad was laid off. She taught me how to do things in the kitchen. She was very good to me. You listened to her and that’s the way it was. I went to her for spiritual direction.

 What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

 That was from Sister Anna Bridget. She told me, “There’s nothing too hard for God.” No matter how hard we think something is, it’s not too hard to do it for Him.

 What was the most interesting work you’ve done with the dear neighbor?

 I worked as a nurse’s aide at both St. Joseph Hospitals, in St. Louis and in Hancock, Michigan. I liked the physical contact with the patients – whether bathing them, or listening to them and talking with them. I would do it again if I could.

 I also worked as a volunteer in the food bank of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation. I learned that the little things we do for people say, “I thought of you.” I loved visiting with people, especially the elderly and sick. They have so much to offer. I learned a lot from them. I’m still learning.

 What do you like to do in your spare time?

 I pray silently. I love the rosary. And I rest. I use to have hobbies. I liked to crochet. But I don’t take time for them now.

 What did you want to be when you were younger?

 I wanted to be a nurse. I loved the contact with the patients. I worked in St. Louis University Hospital before I entered, and at St. Joseph’s in Kirkwood after I entered.

 Where have you traveled?

 I went to Seattle in Washington State. That was a long time ago. I was sent to Hancock, Michigan, as a nurse’s aide in the hospital for two years, and I loved it.

 What do you like to read?

 I like to read about the life of Christ. I’m learning a lot about Jesus. You think you know Him, and you really don’t know. I especially like Paul Coutinho’s book, How Big is Your God? My goal is to be more like Christ was: patient, kind, not extraordinary.





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