FIRST WORKED AT CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in
the spring of 1989. I came to Louisiana as a traveling nurse, and
had the good fortune (really, I believe it was Gods will)
to be placed among a special group of people there.
after my arrivaI, encountered the most wonderful nurse Ive
ever had the pleasure of meeting during my nursing career: Sister
Marie Goretti. Very quickly, I realized that if there ever were
a true angel on earth, she was before me in the presence of Sister
Marie. She was the kindest, most patient, and most compassionate
nurse I had ever encountered.
After several travel assignments around the states,
I returned to CHRISTUS St. Patrick as a full time staff nurse in
the fall of 1991. I met my husband and we married in 1993. In 1995,
my husbands horse threw him and he sustained a lumbar spine
fracture. By Gods good grace, he had no paralysis, and his
neurosurgeon told us he would need surgical intervention.
On the day my husband was to have surgery, I left
him at the OR holding area and was absolutely devastated. I realized
what an extensive surgery was about to be performed, and was simply
distraught. I needed some strength. So, I went to my dear friend
Sister Marie for comfort. However, at the convent I was told that
Sister Marie wasnt feeling very well, and was resting. I sat
in the chapel for two or three hours, just praying for my husbands
doctors and nurses, and for his safety and well being.
After eight hours, the surgeon came out and told
us it had gone well. My husband was about to go to ICU, and we could
see him shortly. Relief flooded over me, and as I walked around
the corner to the ICU room I was surprised to see Sister Marie.
Even though she was sick, she was at my husbands bedside.
She could not leave us in her hour of need.
You see, Sister Marie had been taking care of my
husband since he was admitted to St. Patrick as a teenager for surgery.
She would not rest until she knew he was okay.
We love Sister Marie so dearly, and were saddened
when she left St. Patrick to move to Houston. She continues to minister,
and she will remain in our familys hearts forever.
Katharine Miller, RN
CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital
Lake Charles, Louisiana