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Meet a Sister — Sister Pia Jobst, OP

Sister Pia with chickens"My wish was always that I could be there for others."

Growing up in rural Bavaria, Sister Pia Jobst, OP loved the land and folk traditions. War years impoverished village families and refugees needed assistance. “We had nothing, but they had nothing so we worked together as best we could.” S. Pia’s family struggled with her 1961 decision to enter the convent in Altenhohenau, but later embraced her choice. A Domestic Arts training program gave her the skills to serve, managing the large Althenhohenau kitchen from budgets to butchering, menus to meal planning, nourishing generations sisters and students. 

She prayed her beautiful priory would never close, but fewer sisters led to Altenhohenau’s sale in 2013. “It took me 1 ½ years before I could say, I’ll go to America.”

Today her Motherhouse ministries, include St. Martin visits, gardening, baking and “taking care of the chickens.” Prayer is deeply important.

“Get to know God. It’s not automatic, yet when one dwells on it, one learns in prayer. It’s like having a friend.”