Sister Bernadette Marie Ondus, SS.C.M. was born in Hackensack, NJ, grew up in Lenox, MA and graduated from St. Cyril Academy, Danville, PA and College Misericordia, Dallas, PA. After entering the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, she became a high school English teacher. Later she studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and served as a chaplain in two PA prisons. Currently she is a chaplain at the Danville State Hospital.

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New trees for the motherhouse -- and what they might suggest

The red maple can can flourish in any type of soil, moist or dry, a bit like a strong marriage.