Sister Sara Marie Wojik, SC, Golden Jubilarian
Sister Sarah Marie Wojcik was greatly influenced by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill who taught her in grade school and high school. “They were gentle, loving, and brilliant,” she recalled. “I wondered why such brilliant women chose to live this life––give up everything to serve the Lord. I wondered if I could live that life too.” She followed the example of her role models and entered the congregation from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Altoona, fifty years ago.
Awarded a B.A. in sociology from Seton Hill University and an M.Ed. from Duquesne University, Sister Sara Marie served as an educator for most of her religious life. She taught in primary grades at Saint James, Apollo; Saint Stephen, Hazelwood; Sacred Heart, Glyndon, Maryland; Aquinas Academy, Greensburg; and as a volunteer at Seton Hill Child Services, Greensburg. Sister Sara Marie became certified as both a reading specialist and teacher of the deaf and earned a master’s equivalency in both fields from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1978-2000, she ministered at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech as an early intervention and pre-school teacher. Dedicated to her profession, she took advantage of opportunities for advanced study at Clarke School for the Deaf in North Hampton, MA; The John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles; the Instituut Voor Doven in the Netherlands; and attended the International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Israel. Generous and hard-working, she became an expert in the use of technology to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
After her 22-year tenure at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Sister Sara Marie ministered as a teacher and tutor at Clelian Heights School. She has volunteered her services for both the Seton Hill Child Services and the Seton Arts Service Corps Fine Arts Camp. Sister Sarah Marie has also served her community as a member of the Elizabeth Seton Care Fund Committee.
Currently, Sister Sara Marie resides at Caritas Christi, where she enjoys visiting with infirm sisters and volunteering at the reception desk. Scrapbooking, rubberstamping, card making and other paper crafts are favorite activities that utilize her imagination and creativity. A good listener with a compassionate heart, Sister Sara Marie’s friendship is greatly appreciated by the staff members of the motherhouse, who value her moral and prayerful support in their life needs and daily challenges.
“The charism of my community includes three virtues––humility, simplicity, and charity,” explained Sister Sara Marie. “The virtue most important to me is humility. Humility helps me to remain grounded in truth and allows God to work in me without fear of failure.” As did the selfless service of the role models who influenced her decision to enter religious life, Sister Sara Marie’s humility and her willingness to bring Christ to those she serves exemplify the charism of the Sisters of Charity and their foundress, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
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