Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletNovember 24, 2017

Sisters' Stories

Sister Grace Bacon, CSJ


Ministry Begins at Birth

My life began in the Village of Clinton, NY. I was born at home to Margaret Grace Spencer and William Bacon. There were three brothers at the time of my birth and one after my birth.

All of my sacraments were received at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton. As a young child, I went to morning Mass and attended CCD classes. Somehow I knew that I desired to learn about God.

My Mom had wanted to be a missionary. When Mom married Dad she became a Catholic.

In second grade, I was very impressed with the Sisters. They came from St. Francis Convent, Utica, so I thought they were Franciscan. Imagine that!

Then in high school, I had a variety of responsibilities and was involved both in school and Church. Some of the activities were Sodality, CYO, Future Nurses of America, and other clubs which worked with the poor.

In 1958 my journey began with formation years and the study of religious life.

My first mission was St. Joseph in Oswego. It was both exciting and challenging. I taught children in the First Communion Class and also taught ages up to juniors in high school.

It was challenging since I too attended a public school. I realized that the basics of our religion must be planted in a simple way, so that children could comprehend the love of God.

In 1966 I began my ministry in Albany at the Cathedral and St. Ann’s Schools. These years added new experiences. Some of the parents had drug issues which affected their children’s learning and behavior.

Following this ministry, I went to St. Luke’s School in Schenectady. My 28 years at St. Luke’s were both pleasant and rewarding. The children at St. Luke’s wanted to be involved with the world around them. They had an interest in changes in education and wanted to reach out to others. I simply had to suggest a project and we were into it! In the last years at St. Luke’s, I felt God leading me to something “new.” It was a time of deep prayer and soul-searching.

In 2004 I moved into our home, St. Joseph’s Provincial House. I was still waiting and wondering about my ministry. Soon God answered with an opportunity to work with senior citizens. What an opportunity and a privilege that I am still enjoying!

My life has been rooted in each ministry I have undertaken, and I never search out a new one until there is an invitation to change.

My family, friends, and Sisters have blessed me with their love and companionship on my spiritual journey.  For me, religious life is all-embracing. Daily Eucharist is my strength, love and comfort. All is possible with faith!