Friday Five: Church Olympians

Deb, at Rev Gal Blog Pals writes,

“With the Olympic Games in Sochi just around the corner, I started thinking about all the athletes who attend the Games and never win a medal. The hours of practicing, sacrifice and dedication don’t get noticed by the media. Yet, for the love of their sport, they persevere.

“Then I began to reminisce about the “Olympians” in the Church. Perhaps you can think of faithful ones who never get up to preach, sing or read, but faithfully come, week after week, to serve. It seems to me they deserve a medal of sorts.

So, for this week’s Friday Five, share stories or memories of those “medalists” of the Church who have encouraged you in their faithfulness.

On Saturday, Felicia Hassel Pearce’s ashes will be placed in the columbarium of the church where she served in a variety of roles ranging from altar guild to lector to mezzo soprano to poet-in-residence.  But her greatest contribution was that of chief cheerleader for kids and adults, for the active and infirm, and for the ideal she cherished–living faithfully.  

Sister Felicia, as she was known for years before I met her, had lived many lives–a teacher in the Philippines, member of the Coast Guard, an Anglican nun, a poet, a journalist, a nurse,  a wife late in life and a widow far too soon, a faithful Christian, a woman who loved God.  

Felicia Hassel Pierce who came into this world on the Feast of the Annunciation and left this world on the Feast of Holy Names.  A wise woman with a smart mouth!  A good hearted soul who lived simply and loved extravagantly.  An imp if ever there was one.  No false piety clinging to her.  Except perhaps when it came to her beloved San Francisco Giants!  Here are two sides of her:  

IMG_0054                                                       Felicia dressed for a party  

P1010627                                                Felicia ready to tune into the game

May God bless you and keep you, my dear friend.

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3 Responses to Friday Five: Church Olympians

  1. Elaine says:

    “Such an imp” . You can see that in the photos…a twinkle in her eye for sure.

  2. Robin says:

    Such a beautiful tribute.

  3. Deb says:

    What a lovely story! I look forward to meeting her one day… Thanks for playing!

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