Profiles in Ministry: Sister Dean Pfahler, SND

Sister Dean Pfahler, SND and Thomas Meister with Young Catholic Professionals
Orange County, CA. Photo courtesy YCP OC Chapter.

Ever since I got my first pair of glasses at age 12, I knew I had been missing way too much. Distinguishing one leaf from another on trees was just the first eye-opener.

From then on, life became one revelation after another. I didn’t want anything to elude me: not the intricacies of the natural world, the subtleties of relationships, the human experience captured in literature, nor the nuances of language. Middle-school students taught me – their teacher – to see. Myriad cultures in Papua New Guinea opened my eyes to a new respect for diversity. Far-sighted companions pointed out the spiritual path to compassionate living.

Later, mid-life studies invited me to probe the underlying movements of the Holy Spirit in dreams and spiritual direction. One insight led to another. Becoming a pastoral presence to adults, especially newcomers to faith and others in transition, allowed me to see God-in-action in sharper focus. Now as a spiritual director and mentor to young adults, I am privileged to witness the Holy One at work (and play) in the lives of seekers of all ages. What a gift and an awesome sight!

 And yet here I am still sitting by the Jericho roadside with the blind Bartimaeus, calling out, “I want to see!”  The Gracious Mystery among us has so much more to show us all.

Learn more about how the Sisters of Notre Dame are responding to today’s needs through spirituality and spiritual direction.

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