Life in service: Sister Margie’s dedication to rural West Texas
MARFA – In 1996, Sister Margie completed her studies at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. By this time, Sister had already served in the cities of Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Laredo, and El Paso. She was asked to choose between servicing in Corpus Christi or to join the West Texas Sisters in Marfa. The choices were of two extremes: by the water to enjoy fishing or in the desert where the wild would roam!
She chose to come to this part of the Diocese of El Paso after reflecting on these words: “Send me Lord where no one wants to go,” and she took the Gospel to heart.
Sister Margie joined her own sisters, the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This team of Sisters served all the rural area including Sierra Blanca, Dell City, Van Horn, Valentine, Presidio, Alpine, Marathon, Fort Davis, Pecos, Balmorhea, Toyah, Zaragosa, Barstow, Monahans, and Kermit.
This team of Sisters has always been a mobile team known as “Sisters on wheels.” She was challenged with all kinds of experiences, some good and some not so good. But, this is what the Lord asked for and it was done with commitment to the Gospel.
Marfa has always been the heart of their ministry because of its central location. Their residence has always been here. The presence of the religious from different congregations has always been a vital part of their ministry.
In all honesty, religious women who have served this area have been the backbone of their faith communities. We will dearly miss their presence. We thank God for so many blessings received through their dedication and their love living among us.
Sister Margie has served this area for 21 years, which is almost half of her religious life! She has served in many capacities, a list too long to write down, but most recently that of administrator to this church in Marfa and in Valentine. We always wonder where she gets her energy and her response has been, “the Lord gives it.”
At this she is called to serve in El Paso. It is a bittersweet goodbye. Our hearts are heavy with sadness, but we understand that your faithfulness and obedience is part of who you are, Sister!
On behalf of the rural communities of West Texas, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
You go with our blessing and love. God will continue to bless you!
The Catholic Daughters
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