Sister Mary Sylvester is about to celebrate both 83 years of religious life and her 100th birthday. She sounds like a delightful person:
For nearly 100 years, Sister Mary Sylvester has offered a countless number of prayers of thanks to God. Still, her most enduring legacy is that she has lived her life as a prayer of thanksgiving to God.
The gratitude shows in the way she fondly recalls those horse-drawn wagon trips with her siblings and other children to their Catholic school—her first journey of faith with others.
Her happiness also flows in the memories of her students, and the care she has extended toward people in need—including the way she stuffed 47 pillows last Christmas, hoping to bring a touch of comfort to military veterans at a hospital.
And perhaps most of all, her appreciation for her life has always been reflected in her joy of being part of a religious community dedicated to God. She comes to all the meals, and attends all the events, Masses and celebrations within the community.
How beautiful that her own vocation was inspired by her first-grade teacher, Sister Pauline. Subsequently, Sister Sylvester taught for 50 years, touching an astounding number of lives -- people for whom she has faithfully prayed ever since. Ad multos annos, dear Sister, and thank you for your generous spirit!