May 6, 2014
By Carlene T., Nurse at Francis Warde Convent in Portland, Maine
Carlene has been a nurse at the Francis Warde Convent in Portland, Maine, for the past 11 years
After finishing nursing school, I worked for a few years, and then I spent a number of years at home raising my children. When I was ready to rejoin the workforce, it was at the Sisters of Mercy motherhouse in Portland, Maine. I told my husband I’d try it out for six months—well, it’s been 22 years now with the Sisters of Mercy! Eleven years ago I moved from the motherhouse to the Francis Warde Convent, caring for sisters in assisted living.
It’s a very unique work environment. Working there for so many years, I get to know sisters well and get insight into their spirituality. I also have become more aware of social issues, in which the sisters are very involved, and it affects how I live, how I vote and how I form opinions about various issues. I try to approach things now from a faith-based perspective. And I believe that being more aware of the struggles of people around the world, and the fragility of our planet, has made me in turn a little kinder and more understanding. My consciousness has grown. Read More