Sr. Callista Arnold, osu

January 28, 2019

Sister Callista (Ottilia) Arnold, osu


Sister Callista (Ottilia) Arnold, osu Prelate, was invited into eternal life at St. Angela Merici Residence on January 28, 2019 at the age of 93. Daughter of Stolanus Arnold and Magdalena (nee Haag), Callista was born on October 20, 1925 about one year after her parents and four siblings came to Canada from Roumania. Four more siblings were added to the Arnold family, for a total of nine siblings, three daughters and six sons. At the age of five, Callista or Tillie, as she knew herself, moved with her family to a small farm near the Blumenfeld, St. Peter and Paul Church, where she experienced her first sense of worship and prayer. Faith was held as a treasure. Dirksburg, a one room country school was where she received her elementary education, and when Tillie was in grade two the Ursuline Sisters came to teach there. The call to Religious Life was gradual, not without struggle, but a deliberate decision to embrace the call which was influenced to a certain degree by her uncle Raphael(her mother's brother) who was a Jesuit priest and her father's two sisters who were religious (Loretto's) in Roumania. As well, her parents, family and relatives were her daily inspiration and encouragement to choose Religious Life and so on August 15, 1941, together with six other young women she joined the Ursuline Sisters of Prelate professing her Perpetual Vows on October 20, 1946, having reached the age of 21! Sister Callista's life in community and ministry is a treasury of variety. Prior to final profession she was involved in domestic, household duties and studies, heading to Teacher's College in 1947-48. Her 21 years of classroom teaching, in Prelate Public and the Academy were interspersed with a variety of activities. Her first stint of Teaching was followed by a year of Business College in Saskatoon. Having served a year as Local Superior in Saskatoon, (Glengarda), plus years as General Treasurer at St. Angela's Convent through financially difficult years, she was sent to study at St. Paul's University in Ottawa for three years to obtain her Bachelor of Theology Degree. Following another year in Saskatoon as Local superior she accepted the ministry of Regional Director of Religious Education in Macklin and area for about seven years. As the body keeps working the spirit also keeps inviting attention and Sister Callista responded to an invitation to participate in a Wholistic Growth Program in Little Falls which prepared her for a one year ministry as an Infirmary Nurse to a couple of Sisters in Fox Valley. Before embarking on yet another and different career, Callista's life was blessed with a year's rest and recuperation in Santa Rosa, California and two years of studies at Newman Theological College, which guided her into Pastoral Work in St. Anne's Parish in Saskatoon where she served for about seven years. From 1994 until her health began to fail she gave much of her time, energy and care to PLWA and their families. Her ministry to persons suffering with HIV-Aids has been acknowledged and deeply appreciated.  Another aspect of Sister Callista's life, which cannot go unmentioned are her achievements in the Fine Arts, especially her water colour painting which she took up and excelled in only in her later years. Among events seen as moments of special blessing and singular spiritual experiences were her trip to Roumania, her tour of the Holy Land following her studies at St. Paul's and the St. Angela Pilgrimage, arranged by the Ursuline Community. In all her ministries, life and work, Sister Callista believed, loved and hoped. She was grateful to God for all God's goodness to her. She was also very grateful to her Ursuline Community and her family for all their love and support. Left to cherish her memory are her Ursuline Sisters and numerous nieces and nephews who love her dearly. She was predeceased by her father in 1940, her mother in 1950, her six brothers, Wendelin, Tony, Joe, Paul, Tim and Ralph and two sisters, Sister Frances, osu and Sister Margaret Mary, RPB. A Vigil will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be held at St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK. The Rite of Committal will follow at the Prelate Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are invited to contribute to the Ursuline mission of education by donating to St. Angela's Academy Foundation, at 305 Hilliard St. E., Saskatoon, SK, S7J 0E5. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200. 

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