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Sister Germaine (Jordana) Hietpas

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
The Racine Dominicans were my teachers from grades one to 12 at St. John’s in Little Chute, WI. I got a super education from them. In my junior year, S. Annette Kemps, principal at St. John’s, invited me to a reception of novices in Racine. Other sisters also invited me. After high school I worked two years as a bookkeeper. I felt I needed to at least try six months with the Dominicans in Racine to satisfy the gnawing inside.
What has kept you in the community all these years?
Throughout my many years in community, I have grown by listening to my call to grow deeper into a personal relationship with my God. The many ministries I was involved in were occasions of my own evangelization. I received more than I gave.
What is one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
My cherished memory was teaching at St. Leo’s, Milwaukee. This experience educated me in the Afro-American culture. Without this experience, I would not have known how to minister with these people in the ER and as patients.
What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
The Racine Dominicans are not perfect, but we continue to grow in the discernment process to listen to the Holy Spirit guiding us to preach from the pulpit of our lives.
What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
I am volunteering my chaplain experience by ministering at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton, WI, at Monte Alverno Retreat House on a diocesan prayer team, and other situations. All my experiences in my past ministries are available to my ministry today. I see this time as harvest time.