Martha Howick, SSJ — 60 years

Sister Martha Howick, SSJ, says that her call to religious life was dormant until adulthood. “Having learned for the first time that God had a unique plan for my life was very freeing,” she recalls. “From then on, with fervent open-ended prayer, God revealed His caII through the Holy Spirit. I felt inwardly moved to take the necessary steps to enter religious life.”
Sister Martha entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Agatha in Meadville.  She attended Meadville High School, Indiana State Teachers’ College, Villa Maria College and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She also studied at Gannon University.
Sister Martha taught at schools throughout the Erie Diocese including Our Lady of Peace, St. Ann, St. Andrew, St. Peter and Villa Maria Elementary schools in Erie; St. Leo, Ridgway; St. Francis, Clearfield; and St. Bernard, Bradford. She also served as Parish Visitation Minister at numerous parishes before beginning ministry as chaplain at St Vincent hospital where she currently serves.

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