Sister Janet Goetz

Sister Janet Goetz, a native of Northeast, PA, attended St. Gregory Parish Schools. She credits her vocation to her parents and the sisters who taught her. The sisters’ love for monastic life, their daily attention to the Liturgy of the Hours, and their joy in community inspired her to enter the Erie Benedictines and to make a perpetual monastic commitment. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a registered nurse and then a nurse practitioner. Eventually she became a nursing instructor, working with young women and men and helping them to become compassionate, caring and well-trained nurses. Spiritual and educational programs provided by and through the community direct and influence her monastic life. The sisters’ commitment to praying the Liturgy of the Hours together and caring for each other in small ways continues to inspire her. At present, Sister Janet works at the monastery as assistant to the community archivist. By her gentle presence she reverences the life that surrounds her.