EUDIST SERVANTS OF THE ELEVENTH HOUR
I am a Catholic Sister of the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour, www.eudistservants.org, an association of the faithful, whose mother house is in Tijuana, Mexico. In many ways, our organization of Sisters is similar to a traditional order, also under Canon Law. We are called late in life to serve the least of our brothers and sisters. Women between the ages of 45-65 are considered. We follow the spirituality of St. John Eudes, and our foundress, Mother Antonia Brenner. She passed away in 2013, and her beatification process to become a Saint is ongoing. Mother Antonia lived in a cell in the Tijuana prison for over 30 years, yet never committed a crime. She served the “imprisoned Christ.” More can be learned in her biography, The Prison Angel, by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.
Our foundress recognized the importance of family and never wanted us to separate ourselves from our families completely, as a result of the calling. All three of my sons, 42, 40, and 34 years old, are husbands and fathers, successful in their work, and self-sufficient. I spend time with them and their families occasionally, as our collective schedules permit.
We are required to serve the imprisoned Christ, in-person. Currently, I am not allowed to visit prisons, due to the virus. Once the prisons re-open, I will resume ministry to men and women at various locations, including the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, Metro Transition Center for Women in southeast Atlanta, Gwinnett County Detention Center, and a Death Row inmate at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, in Jackson, Georgia.
I will resume accompanying Vincentian case workers on home visits (as needed), associated with the St. Vincent de Paul conference at my church, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Woodstock, Georgia.
I am a member of the Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty organization whose focus is to abolish the death penalty in the state of Georgia. Before the virus began in the United States, there was a significant effort by us to educate Catholics and Georgia legislature members on the reasons to eliminate the death penalty as a form of punishment.
I hope to assist with Spiritual Advisor training, to gain a deeper understanding of the primary purpose of being a Vincentian, which is our own individual spiritual growth. St. Vincent de Paul taught that our spiritual growth is the first priority, followed by service to those in need while maintaining friendships with fellow Vincentians.