Tue 11 Dec, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Brenda Holtman, Clyde, Conception Abbey, Retirement, Sister Judy, Sister Lynn Marie, Sue McCrary
Sue McCrary (center) was honored by the Clyde community for her recent retirement after 26 years of cooking in the monastery kitchen. Pictured are (from left) BSPA employee Brenda Holtman, Sue, Sister Lynn Marie D’Souza and Sister Judy Neisen.
When Sue McCrary showed up in a short-handed kitchen at the Clyde, Mo., monastery, she had planned to help for just a couple of days.
Those two days turned into 26 years.
The Benedictine Sisters honored Sue with a dinner to recognize her recent retirement, thanking her for all her years of delicious meals and dedicated service.
“On the day of the shootings at (nearby) Conception Abbey we invited the monks to join us for dinner and Vespers,” Sister Lynn Marie D’Souza said. “We had been in the midst of a General Assembly, so there were already more than 100 Sisters at meals. Then we added another 40 monks, so we knew we needed to get started on dinner. However, when we showed up at the kitchen, Sue was already there. She had heard the devastating news on the radio and drove to the monastery to help. That simple act of charity shows the depth of her love and devotion to us.”
The Sisters will miss her wonderful cooking, but it will be Sue’s kindness, sense of humor and care of her Sisters that will “be in our hearts forever,” Sister Lynn Marie said.
Fortunately, Sue lives near the monastery and will remain a neighbor and friend after retirement.
“We wish her and her family all good wishes as she begins this new phase of her life,” Sister Lynn Marie said.