Grateful Sister of Charity
By Marie Anne Ballard, SCN
S. Mary Jo Pfefferman is the third youngest in a family of ten children, (five girls and five boys). She grew up on a farm near Alexandria, Kentucky. Sister either walked 2/1/2 miles to St. Mary’s School, or her parents would drive her there because at that time Catholics weren’t allowed to ride the county school buses. During her grade school days, Sister Mary Jo helped around the house and on the farm. She liked to bowl, read, and baby-sit with her older sister’s children.
Even though one of S. Mary Jo’s sisters was a Notre Dame religious, she felt drawn toward and impressed by an SCN she met. She entered the novitiate on September 23, 1953. Her novitiate duties of cleaning and doing the laundry were a continuation of her chores at home. Sister now wishes she had become an SCN sooner rather than working for fourteen years before entering.
S. Mary Jo was very happy when her ministry assignments for nineteen years were at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home in Anchorage, Kentucky and at St Peter’s Home for children in Memphis, Tennessee. She cared for boys and girls in grades one through eight, but her favorite group was the boys in grades three and four. Sister’s great love for children made her a valuable asset to our homes for children. Sister also served as a nurse’s aide at Nazareth Home and as a driver at Nazareth Motherhouse and Russell Hall. During S. Mary Jo’s days of active ministry, she enjoyed reading, playing cards, walking, and taking short trips
Since Sister has retired at Nazareth Motherhouse, she has found many tasks that she can do. She loves being able to attend daily Mass, having extra time for prayer, and visiting her friends. Sister Mary Jo is grateful to God for all the loving care she is now receiving at the motherhouse.