I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete. (John 15:11)
On This Date…
On May 22, 1889, Norbertine Sister Emily Podoska died at her convent in Cracow, Poland. She was the 11 of 16 children.
She entered the convent at age 27, and after teaching for three years she became the head of the school. She held that position for five years before being put in charge of the training of novices for her community.
Sister Podoska brought to her community life and her work the gifts of respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom. She died of pneumonia and tuberculosis. In March 1993, the diocesan process of her beatification was opened in Cracow.
In the United States, there are two convents of Norbertine sisters. Twenty-six contemplative sisters are at Saint Joseph Priory, located in Tehachapi, California, under the Diocese of Fresno. Three apostolic sisters are at Saint Peter and Paul Parish, located in Wilmington, California, under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
In their prayer and work, these Norbertine nuns follow in the footsteps of sister Emily Podoska, and affirm Jesus’ words that we hear in today’s Gospel, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete.”
– Father McLaughlin