Sister Christina (Ann) Costigan
Entered: September 8, 1960 – Cumberland, Rhode Island
Current Ministry: Mercy Community service
Motto: Shalom - (Peace)
It all began with a toy train. I met my first Sister of Mercy at age four-and-a-half. She was my kindergarten teacher and she had a train set in our classroom and we could play with it! We learned cooperation and used our imaginations as we planned our adventures. It was such fun! My life as a Sister of Mercy offers endless opportunities to use those skills for service. It continues to be fun.
Entering the community in 1960 along with 62 other young women, I had no idea of the changes that awaited. Vatican II presented new ways of examining faith as well as a new view of religious life. Reviewing these 60 years, I am grateful beyond words. My parents said "yes" to my journey and were consistently supportive throughout their lives. My brother and his family continue to enrich my life by regular interaction and updates that include laughter and storytelling.
Daily life has never been boring. Among the blessings of Mercy life have been an outstanding formal education as well as the education that continues as we minister with one another. The enrichment that comes from spiritual and professional interaction provides challenge as well as creativity and new knowledge and perspectives.
Beginning ministry as a first-grade teacher in a parish school, I have continued to work with children and families in preschool administration, transitional housing, hospice care, and parish religious education. Each ministry offered new learnings as well as new friendships and working relationships.
As I continue to minister among the members of the Mercy community, opportunities for service, learning, and spiritual growth continue. I am mindful of, and grateful for, the connections with so many persons whom I have encountered both long- and short-term on this journey. Special thanks to the members of this Mercy community who continue to challenge, stimulate, and enrich each day. I wholeheartedly agree with one of the earliest Sisters of Mercy, Frances Warde who commented, "What a joy it is to be a Sister of Mercy!”
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