1999 Lumen Christi Award Winner
LEFT: Sister Justina preparing dinner with residents of Care and Share, a social service operation she founded.
RIGHT: The sister praying with a new resident at Care and Share.

"Meals, Groceries, Emergency Cash and the Word of God"

Whether a Central American refugee or a person who was homeless or alcoholic, in Crookston, Minnesota, in the 1980s and 1990s, people knew they had a friend in Sister Justina Violette. In 1999, she was honored for her work as director of Care and Share, a multi-faceted social service operation she founded in a former Catholic school and convent in Crookston.

Through Care and Share, Sister Justina provided meals, groceries, shelter, English language and citizenship classes, Canadian and American immigration information, clothing, household goods, counseling, communal prayer, emergency cash — along with the Word of God — to countless people who were homeless and hungry. More than anything, Sister Justina provided overflowing hope for those abandoned and cast aside. Said the sister, “The more miracles God’s accomplished in this place, the more faith I have in Him.”

Postscript: Sister Justina Violette, OSB died in 2001.

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