Sr. Mary Thomas

Missions Services at Avera McKennan Hospital

I am a Presentation Sister from Aberdeen, S.D., and I currently serve in Mission Services at Avera McKennan Hospital. I have a bachelor’s degree in theology and master’s degrees in Christian spirituality and organizational leadership. Although originally from Bowdle, S.D., I have traveled around, having served as campus minister at Purdue University and vocation director for the Presentation Sisters.

I live with three other Presentation Sisters and we have a particular emphasis on serving those most in need. We seek to empower those who have newly arrived to our country. At Avera McKennan, I strive to communicate my personal delight in each employee I meet and to let him/her know how grateful I am for his/her service in this ministry. I love being present with co-workers who are on fire with the mission.

The Presentation Sisters have sponsored health care for more than 100 years. I wanted to keep a sister presence in the daily activities of this health care ministry.

At the start of this blog, I will be visiting other Presentation Sisters who serve in Zambia, Africa. Some sisters are originally from Ireland and India. We will focus on empowering the people through education and we will help them learn an employable skill, such as sewing.

Author Archive | Sr. Mary Thomas

Zambia Mission: Drawing Parallelisms

I would like to take one more look at my time in Zambia and speak to a couple parallelisms that I discovered between us. Knowing and Understanding Vulnerability First of all, as a visitor I was new to the country, new to the people and culture. Read More »
Employees, Just for Fun · McKennan

Zambia Mission: Taking Nano Nagle’s Vision to Heart

Presentation Sisters in Zambia Among the faces of Zambia are the Presentation women who took to heart Nano’s desire to be of service anywhere in the world. They claimed her vision as their own and left family and the familiar to embark on a faith journey. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

Zambia Mission: Reflections on our Pilgrimage

Relationships to Partnerships I have been reflecting on how we arrive at a new location, meet and serve with the local people and then take leave. In the parting is the realization that we may not meet again in this lifetime and this experience is bittersweet. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

Zambia Mission: Letting Go of the Familiar

I have been reflecting on how life as usual can foster a healthy rhythm for us. It can also create a dullness of spirit when my spiritual life becomes too routine. Unknowingly, I may re-create God to fit my limited experience of life. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

Zambia Mission: Home-based Care and Presentation Ministries in Action

Young men and women singing a welcoming song. Paying to Care Sister Theresa is a nurse at Kaloma and she operates a number of home-based care clinics – at least that is what I call the visits because she goes to one location and the people come to her.  Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

Zambia Mission: Meeting Chanda

This comes to you from Zambia! The trip to Lusaka went very well. All the luggage arrived and Customs waved us through with hardly a glance. We felt surrounded by a cloud of prayer. Thank you! Today was the day to meet Chanda Chewe Luchemba. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan