|ST. DOMINIC'S MISSION IN ACTION|
Sister Mary Trinita moved from an administrative job at St. Dominic Hospital to ministry at St. Dominic Community Health Clinic because she longed to work directly with community members in need. She says she loves watching as lives are transformed. "Every day can be a surprise, but what has surprised me most was that I was able to do things I thought were impossible," she said. "We have witnessed changes in many lives, habits altered, and addictions overcome. Many of our clients are getting jobs and finding a place to live on their own."
She recalled an encounter she had during an annual Christmas party at the clinic: As staff and visitors enjoyed the gathering, a stranger sat quietly to the side. Sr. Trinita noticed him getting ready to leave and approached him with a party gift. "While giving him a Christmas bag filled with goodies, gifts, and food coupons, I placed my other hand gently on his forearm," she remembered. "The man looked with loving eyes at my hand on his arm, broke into a very slight smile in one corner of his mouth, looked back into my eyes, and said, 'Thank you for touching me.'"