Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meet Our Sisters: Sr. Lumen Odom, OSB

(Meet Our Sisters will be a Blog Series to get to know our Sisters from the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk, NE. Each month we will feature a new Sister and her journey to become a Missionary Benedictine Sister.)


Born: Tennessee/Georgia, USA
First Profession: March 9, 1996
Final Profession: September 4, 1999
Feast Day: February 2nd
Mission Experience: Guatemala, China, USA
I am a native of the state of Georgia; however I was born in Tennessee because my father worked in the low mountain region of Georgia on the Tennessee border and there were no other hospitals close by.
From the time of my earliest memories to the age of 10, I lived on an island off the coast of Georgia, named St. Simon's Island. From there my family moved to Columbus, GA on the western edge of the state and I graduated from high school there. The University of Georgia was my next education stop because my father would hear of nowhere else. After my graduation with a BS degree in Dietetics/Institutional Management, I served as an Army officer 6 years to fulfill my ROTC scholarship requirements.
After some discernment and earning my BS in Nursing, I decided to enter the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk, NE. I made my first profession on March 9, 1996 and my final profession on September 4, 1999. My mission experiences as a sister include a few months in Guatemala for Spanish language immersion. This experience helped me become more fluent in Spanish in order to serve the Latino patients in our local hospital.  Later, when I was offered the chance to be missioned to China, I jumped for it. I served with the sisters in Meihekou City, Jilin Province for 7 years in the Aimin Hospital.  My nursing ministry in the hospital included staff education and clinical nursing rounds with the nursing directors. My favorite part of this ministry was going out on our mobile clinic to meet and serve the rural poor of our area. This has been the most rewarding experience of my missionary life so far!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Abby in the Abbey: Big Blizzard

Hi everyone! 

I hope you all survived the big blizzard!  It was a little difficult for my Sisters with my having to go outside in that stuff, but we all made it just fine.  I am a little confused by all of the snow that is in my regular path especially since I am not much of a “snow” dog.  At least my fur is pretty long right now and that helps plus my coat that Sr. Marie Andre knitted for me.  Do you know I also have boots?  Well, they are not my favorite either but I’m pretty patient when Sr. K is putting them on me.  Sr. Marie Andre also made me some new ones that I am still getting used to wearing but they feel pretty good in this cold weather!

I was thinking the other day that the Sisters are getting ready for something called “Lent”.  Maybe this snow is God’s way of telling us that He is in charge of things and not people (or dogs either).  We get to thinking that we can control all kinds of things in our lives but as the Sisters keep telling me, we have to depend on God for everything!  Even the bad stuff is good for us in some way and that is really hard for me to understand.   Sr. K says it is a way that God can teach us how to have something called “faith”.    

So I just want to say that I hope everyone has a good experience of Lenten preparation for growing in “faith” and for realizing that God is in charge of everything!  I’m going to try and grow up a little myself but I need help from people to do that.  It is a very slow process!