We use the arts to celebrate our spirituality, our identities, and to bring joy! The arts are not a luxury but a vital part of our experience that open hearts and minds and allows us to use our gifts and abilities to better the lives of others. Teaching and sharing the arts have been emphasized in our schools and many of our Sisters have been educated at prestigious universities and conservatories.
“Find what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is the way Sr. Maria Goretti Zehr (1931–2001) expressed how she felt about her life in music teaching and playing. Sr. Goretti (“Goretti” to everyone who knew her) taught hundreds of musicians at every level. She also composed, performed, and assisted at the organ with uncountable liturgies, rituals, and celebrations. Sr. Maria Goretti loved God, religious life, and people more than she loved music and was truly present to every person she encountered. She was loving and compassionate and extended God’s hospitality to everyone.
Pictured left to right is General Coordinator of the Congregation, Sister Teresa Maya, Col. and Mrs. Betty Kelso, benefactors, and Dr. Louis Agnese, President of the University.