Sister Mary Jane

I left the seclusion of my mother’s womb on February 12, 1943 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, PA., the second of three daughters born to Frank and Ethel Stefanik.  My father (Czech ancestry) was a musician, a steel worker, and a union organizer.  My mother (German, Irish, Cherokee, and French Canadian ancestry) was a beautiful woman who struggled with depression.

I was a quiet and shy little girl who, none the less, was alert to what was going on around her.  My memories of early “home life” are dim.  Memories of wandering alone in the woods and fields near my home are much stronger.  It was there I touched the “Unknown God” of my life.  To this day, I am most truly myself when I am outside the four walls and in touch with nature.

My life has been blessed with a great love for music, good friends, and a call to live as a Redemptoristine Nun.

Presently, my main responsibility in the monastery is keeping our financial books in order.  I also do a little gardening and keep our computers up to date.  They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but I am attempting to learn to play the piano.  Please say a prayer for my very patient instructor!