Sister Wilma Ross, FULL TIME Part-time Minister
Editor/ Typist: Evelyn Fugazzi
I have known Wilma Ross in a casual way for many years. When the Celebrating Mission and Ministry Committee was birthed in fall, 2003, Wilma was chosen to represent the Ohio Area. She sent me a letter describing her health and ministry load and letting me know that she wasn’t sure she could be very productive as a group member. To attend meetings, Wilma would have to make a round trip between Columbus and Kentucky in one day.
During our first meeting, Wilma’s willingness to be active in the group, her sense of humor, and her deep sense of prayer was evident. It was an exciting day for me when the first CMM Spotlight article arrived! Yes, it was from Wilma! Other excellent articles followed one after the other. On the day of our second meeting in January, my phone rang at 5:00A.M. It was Wilma, packed and ready to go, while a snowstorm raged through Columbus. Wilma said that she didn’t think she could make the trip but would be with us in spirit! I perceive Wilma as a dynamic SCN who continues to be a joy to our committee. Wilma’s personal account of her involvement in the healing ministry of Christ that follows exhibits her personal integrity and excellence. Evelyn Fugazzi SCN, Editor
Angel of Mercy
After retiring from the Dominican Home Health Agency as a visiting nurse in June, 2000, I was hired as part-time Pastoral Associate for St. Ladislas Parish in Columbus, Ohio. Since Father John Stattmiller is the pastor of two parishes, my job extended to Corpus Christi Parish as well.
Needless to say, part-time is in name only. I am on call 24/7 especially when Father is away. My work involves visiting all the shut-ins in private homes, bringing them Holy Communion and being present as needed—making all hospital calls—visiting all parishioners homes—and referring those in critical status to Father John who administers the Anointing of the Sick. Twice a year, Father John and I visit all those unable to get to Mass (the homebound, hospital bound, and nursing home bound). Father anoints them and I give them Holy Communion. It is beautiful and very heart warming. Many times the Holy Communion they receive from me is their very last before entering eternity!
I also train the Eucharistic ministers, am a Minister myself, work weekly Bingos, preside at the parish Communion and Funeral Home Services. I am a member of several parish committees: The Joint Commission, GIRM (General Instructions of the Roman Missal), and Committee on Ecumenism. Along with the above, I am a member of the SCN Celebrating Mission and Ministry which meets regularly in Kentucky and a member of our local SCN Faith Group.
I love every minute of this ministry and with the help of God and the support of my SCN Community, I wish to continue as long as my health allows