Happy Wednesday to you all. And thanks for yesterday's comments. A special thank you to Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, for giving gottasinggottapray a shout out on the PrayTellBlog yesterday.
I'd like to do something simple today, and that is recognize one of WLP's fine employees. Sister Joan Thomas, OP, the programs coordinator in our marketing department, will be leaving WLP at the end of the week. Sister Joan, a big part of the "soul" of WLP, will soon begin a new chapter in her ministerial life, as the director of music at her Dominican mother house—Marywood—in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sister Joan has spent the past eleven years here at WLP. Joanie is one of those rare people you meet in life who inspires you to make a difference each and every day. Her relationship with our artists and composers has strengthened the bonds between those of us who work here in Chicago and those—who are an indispensable part of WLP—who are "out there" singing, playing, composing, giving concerts, and ministering in parishes, universities, and other ministry sites.
Sister Joan has seen her share of the joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments that life has offered her throughout her life. When my 38 year-old sister Joanne died back in 2001, I turned to Joan for spiritual solace in my own time of intense grief and confusion. I knew I could do this because Joan deeply knew what it meant to grieve. She shared her gift of wisdom with me; something I will never forget.
We will miss Sister Joan Thomas terribly here at World Library Publications. But, with a sense of deep gratitude and sincere hope, we send her off to the next phase in her life, her wonderful life.
If you get the chance, please say a prayer for Sister Joan, that her transition will be a smooth one and that her gifts will be strengthened, her health buoyed, and her joyful spirit will continue to inspire those around her, as she has inspired us here for eleven years.
Sister Joan, may you continue to praise, to bless, and to preach.
Thanks for listening today. Gotta sing. Gotta pray.