Sister Phyllis HerbertSister Phyllis Herbert

60-year Jubilarian

Entered: September 8, 1959 – Albany, New York

Current Ministry: Honor Court Alternative to Incarceration Program

Motto: What shall I return to the Lord for all that he has given to me – I will take the chalice

My life as a Sister of Mercy has taught me that the Lord leads us in paths we never dreamed would be possible. As he shows us mercy so too we are gifted to be present with others. I started out as a pediatric nurse, sharing with families and little ones so sick, then teaching student nurses how to care for these patients—that was a joy for five years. I was blessed to study not only at St. Louis University, but also at NYU (New York University), where I met so many diverse students.

In the 1980s, I was blessed to serve our sisters as a leadership team member for eight years; I learned from their wisdom and their suffering. Most recently, for the last 35 years, I have been working in the Honor Court Program, which I co-founded as an alternative to incarceration for people battling addiction. Watching people who struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse become the persons of dignity that they are meant to be has been profoundly meaningful. Last but not least, I have been living with and receiving support from our sisters, who are wonderful joyous ladies!

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