Sister Rejane Cytacki did not expect her religious vocation to also make this particular long-cherished dream come true. Host: Sister Maxine Kollasch.
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Sister Réjane Cytacki, SCL, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) of Leavenworth, Kansas. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and master's degrees in education and in earth literacy. Prior to joining A Nun's Life Ministry, she served as the executive director of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center, and recently served on the Core Team for Giving Voice. Other previous ministries include being a campus minister at her community's University of Saint Mary, and an elementary school teacher for ten years. Currently she volunteers for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, reading, and karaoke.
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I'm Sister Maxine, and my guest is Sister Rejane Cytacki. In August 2021, Sister Rejane joined A Nun's Life as executive director, succeeding me in that role. And we've been working together on the transition of leadership for the ministry. Maybe you've already read her blogs at A Nun's Life or interacted with her on social media, or at Facebook Live praying with the sisters. But today, it's something new. This is Sister Rejane's podcast debut, and I am delighted to introduce her to you. I did not know you played the Celtic harp.
Well, played might be too strong at this point in my life! At one point, yes, I would say I did. One of the cool things my community's known for is music. You know, in 1858, when we came on a steamboat from St. Louis over here, one of our prized possessions was an 80-pound concert harp. So I like to say, you know, you prioritize when you pack, and so ever since our community has a high value on making music. And so as a novice, I was required to either pick up a musical instrument or do some singing. Well, I already sing. So I said, "Oh, wait!" Because one of our sisters was playing harp, I said, "I've always wanted to play the harp since I was a little girl." And my mom wouldn't let me because all her musical friends said take piano first. And I hated the piano. So it was a lifelong dream come true. So for those couple of years, I think I did play the harp, and I still keep it with me. But the best I do is kind of dust it off for Christmas carols every year. That's kind of where I'm at.
Well, in the future, some of the A Nun's Life podcast listeners who are hearing this, they may be expecting a little bit of harp music! So I'd say, take time to dust the harp out and see what happens.
Okay. I'm not making any promises, Max, but I'll see what I can do.
You know, we only ask each other and community to do the best we can. I'm sure our listeners agree to that.
Amen. Amen to that.
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