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HIdden Talent Revealed after Death of Ursuline Sister

Posted 6/30/2017

Upon Sr. Angelita Abair’s death in March of this year, a beautiful collection of poetry she had written was found in her room. 

We thought we’d share one such poem here.

Gifts

God gave me not a voice to sing,
Nor hands to paint a lovely Spring.
God gave me not the touch for strings,
Nor words to speak to human kings.
God placed deep within my soul
A different gift; a noble goal.
To love His poor is the gift God shared.
To ask for more? Who could have dared!
1950

Sr. Angelita Abair entered the Ursuline Convent in 1949 and made her final profession of vows in 1955. She received her bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in education degrees from the former Mary Manse College.

Sr. Angelita taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Toledo; St. John, Point Place; Rosary Cathedral, Toledo; St. Teresa, Toledo; Rosary Cathedral, Toledo; Sts. Peter & Paul, Sandusky; Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids, Ohio; and St. Angela Hall, Toledo. She continued her ministry as pastoral associate at St. Jude Parish, St. Charles Parish, and St. Francis de Sales Parish. Sr. Angelita was a religious education instructor at St. Rose Parish, Perrysburg, and gave retreats for several years through the Diocese of Toledo’s Equal Access Ministry. In 1994 she was elected and served two terms on the Ursuline Council, and in her later years participated in the Diocesan Prison Ministry.

Sr. Angelita died March 29, 2017 at the Ursuline Center.