October Partner Spotlight: Beth Raum

Posted on: October 1, 2016 9:00 am
Tags: Spotlight, Associates, Volunteer,

The Sisters of Notre Dame are missioned to proclaim God’s goodness and provident care, but we do not do it alone! Hundreds of individuals and organizations dedicate their prayers, their time, and various resources to share in carrying out Jesus’ mission near and far. Each month we pass the mic to one or more of our partners and shine the spotlight on their relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame.

October 2016 Partner Spotlight: Beth Raum

My relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame began in 1959 at St. John Catholic School in Covington, KY. My family was long-time members of both the church and the school. The three Sisters that I remember as teachers are Sisters Mary Michyl Habermehl, Mary Shannon Kriege, and Mary Kevan Seibert. I would  stay after school to help them clean the classrooms and assist in the Sacristy. The highlight of the school week was choir practice and saying the Rosary with the Sisters. I went on to teach CCD to first grade classes at St. John School and learned even more about the Sisters of Notre Dame.

I stopped going to church for ten years but I still do not know why. In spite of this, family and friends from St. John encouraged me to start doing volunteer work at Prince of Peace School (formerly St. John). I helped with most of the school's fundraisers and got to know Sisters Mary Ellen Strunk, Mary DeLellis Bergen, Mary Norene McCormark and Mary Bernard Clare Budde. I witnessed all of them working long hours to ensure that every child received a good Catholic education and all families had available resources for self-sufficiency. While volunteering, I talked to the Sisters about going back to church. I could tell that they thought that it was a good idea.

One of my church friends became a Notre Dame Associate and sparked my interest. In 2007, I attended an information session and started my formation classes. Sister Bernard Clare was my sponsor. I learned the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame and met people in leadership positions and from different Provinces. Sister Bernard Clare was very knowledgeable and I felt an immediate connection with my group. The Sisters were friendly, non-judgmental and welcoming.

I credit my career choice to the Sisters of Notre Dame, as I am in a helping profession at Brighton Center. Daily I try to follow their example of treating all individuals with dignity and respect. I have learned self-discipline and organizational skills from them.

By serving on committees, not only at the convent but at my church and at Brighton Center, I feel I am able to carry on the Notre Dame mission. These committees have led to lots of volunteer and fellowship opportunities. Additionally, I am a member of a faith-sharing group, which allows lay people and Sisters alike to share experiences and insight with one another.

Whenever people ask me about my Associate’s pin, I tell them: ‘I belong to a group of hardworking, caring people who try to live their lives spreading God’s love.' 

M A Robinson
Date: on October 17, 2016

Good article Beth. Congratulations

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