Sister Virginia Miller grew up the youngest of three sisters in Longview. Inspired by her older sister, she entered religious life on July 17, 1948. As she reflects on her seven decades as a Sister of Providence, she is overwhelmed with God’s goodness to her. “I belong to a religious community of talented, dedicated, caring women whose mission is to care for the sick, the poor and the suffering, and who are actively involved in alleviating the injustices in our world today,” she says. “What more could anyone ever desire?”
What person or experience most influenced you to answer the call to religious life?
My sister, Sister Mary Leona, who was also a Sister of Providence. I would often visit her, and I was so impressed with the sisters with whom she lived. Their joy and enthusiasm had a great impact on my decision to live this kind of life.
What do you most enjoy about being a religious sister?
Having the privilege of accompanying people on their spiritual journey, helping them become aware of their own goodness and how much God loves them.
What gives you hope?
As I ministered in the parish, I was thrilled to see people take responsibility for being church, using the gifts God had given them to reach out to those in need, to be aware of one another — not only in the parish but also those in our area. I see our young people very concerned about our world and the poor, and many are active in social justice issues.
What does the Called to Serve as Christ campaign mean to you?
I am grateful that sisters are being recognized (and thanked) for all that they have done and continue to do to make the world a better place in which to live.
About Sister Virginia Miller
Community: Sisters of Providence
Final Vows: July 19, 1953
Favorite Scripture verse: Isaiah 43:1 — “I have called you by name: you are mine.”
Hobbies: Reading, sitting by the water, visiting with friends
Teacher, Holy Rosary, Moxee; St. Joseph, Yakima; Providence Academy, Vancouver (1953–66)
Parish ministry, Vancouver Apostolate (1967–70)
Parish ministry, Snohomish/Monroe (1970–75)
Parish ministry, Poulsbo (1975–78)
Rural ministry (1978–86)
Pastoral life director, Holy Family, Frances; St. Joseph, Pe Ell (1986–99)
The Called to Serve as Christ campaign aims to raise $100 million to strengthen the Archdiocese of Seattle’s priest pension and retirement medical plans, provide support to women religious, and assist key efforts in our parishes. Learn more at CalledToServeAsChrist.org.
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Northwest Catholic - January/February 2020