Sister Therese of Avila, in her kitchen prayer, states: "The Lord walks among the pots and pans."
Sister Mark Livingston of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate did indeed find God there. Because of Him, she happily spent many years serving her community with domestic work in such places as Guardian Angel Home in Joliet and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet.
Sister Livingston knew and could quote the many Bible readings about food and serving others. She identified with the biblical Martha in her desire to be hospitable to others. Like Jesus, she could "multiply" the food to feed a multitude and supplied parish festivals with her pies and other baked specialties and enjoyed trying new recipes.
"She said she served the church indirectly so the sisters who did teaching and other work for the church did not have to get meals, wash and do other duties, said Sister Juanita Ujcik, who lived with Sister Livingston for many years.
"She believed this work serves to intensify the life and holiness of God’s people on Earth. She recognized the dignity and sacredness of food service apostolate and believed that it led to the eternal banquet of love in heaven."
Sister Livingston was 91 when she died May 31.
In addition to her food preparations, Sister Livingston’s brand of Christian ministry exemplified the value of teamwork. She often performed her kitchen work side by side with her twin sibling, Sister Luke. Neither one of them, Sister Ujcik said, ever took the spotlight in anything.