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Hungry for God: Liguori Contributor Bridget Haase Lives Her Ministry

10/27/2017
Liguori Publication
News

After years of street ministry, Liguori’s Catholic Update contributor, Sr. Bridget Haase, found a way to gain a new perspective.  By working at McDonald’s twice a month, she learns more about the day-to-day struggles of a person with an underappreciated job.

An Ursuline Sister, Sr. Haase began her street ministry by thanking those people she came across who did not normally get thanked for doing their jobs like cleaning public restrooms.

“I would give a little card that just said ‘Thank you for making the world a better place’,” said Sr. Haase. “I realized that I had never been in their position before so I worked out a deal with a man that owns a few McDonald’s so that I could come and work in the restrooms and on the floor twice a month.”

Through this arrangement, she wanted to make sure that her personal gain was only spiritual so she requested that her paycheck is donated to charity.

This particular Boston McDonald’s is located three blocks away from a homeless shelter. Since the shelter closes during the day, many of its occupants spend that time at the McDonald’s while Sr. Haase works.

She cherishes the conversations that she has with the shelter’s occupants, saying that, “It puts a little realism into prayer and ministry. I get to meet all kinds of people who are just so hungry for God.”

When not working at McDonald’s Haase travels, sharing the Good News through speeches and stories to schools and conferences. 

One of these talks is called “Sister Storyteller,” where Sr. Haase shares stories with children. Dressed in a straw hat and patchwork vest, Sr. Haase spreads God’s message with and her puppet companions: Legs, Legette, and Honeysuckle.

“I’ve found that especially 3 and 4-year-olds have such amazing imaginations that we seem to lose as we get older,” said Sr. Haase.

All of the speeches that she gives come at no cost; however, if people would like, they can give to one of seven charities that span from cancer research to children.

Between working and giving speeches, she has found time to work on a new book, Come to the Spell, for children too, which she hopes to complete soon.

Her contributions to Liguori include the Catholic Update articles entitled Day by Day Through Lent: A Walk With the Saints and Advent Pilgrims: A Day by Day Walk in which she reminds readers to find a hush in the rush.

For many people, this busy schedule may seem overwhelming, but Sr. Haase sees it as simply doing God’s work. In surviving three unrelated cancers, she attributes her good health to the grace of God.

“I just try to use my good health for the Kingdom. I want to make sure that this grace comes from and goes back to God,” said Sr. Haase. 

Liguori contributor Sr Bridget Haase

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