Sister Phyllis Doyle
Entered: February 2, 1949 – Portland, Maine
Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence
Motto: Rejoice in the Lord
It's hard to believe that 70 years have passed since that day of February 2, 1949 (Feast of the Presentation),when then mistress of novices, Mother Mary Dorothy, put the postulant's veil on my head. I began my college education soon after in the former Saint Joseph's College located on the Motherhouse property. I would eventually teach at the present Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. (Many years would pass, however, before this happened.)
I began my teaching ministry in elementary school at Sacred Heart in Portland, and continued after profession with a year in northern Maine at St. Mary's in Houlton. Beautiful scenery and people, but the cold winter was not a good fit for me healthwise. Other teaching assignments took me to various Maine towns: Rumford, Augusta, Westbrook, Orono, Bangor (John Bapst High School), and finally back to Saint Joseph's College on the beautiful shores of Sebago Lake in 1975, when I received my master's degree in English from the University of Maine. About the same time, the Saint Joseph College Board of Overseers had passed a ruling that faculty members in the Humanities would need to start a Ph.D. program to be permanent at the college. It was back to studies again for me at the University of Rhode Island, where I spent the better part of four years working to complete my Ph.D. in English. I returned to Saint Joseph's in 1980 where I resumed teaching until my retirement.
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