April marks National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. At Presbyterian Homes & Services, we are blessed by the presence of many writers and poets. Their work takes on many forms, from illustrative stories to candid short-form poetry.
Today, we highlight the poetry of Helena Sheridan, a sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and her Liberty Dream to become a published author.
Helena lives at Carondelet Village, a shared ministry between the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Presbyterian Homes & Services. This year, Helena officially published her first book entitled “A Collection of Haiku.” Inspired by creation and nature, Helena filled a hand-written journal with haiku, a Japanese style of poetry written in three lines of five, seven and five syllables like this one:
Rain, quiet, flowing
Cleansing, life giving, peaceful
As God’s Spirit comes
When Carondelet Village employees Krista Okins and Amber Salguero-Mullenbach discovered Helena’s beautiful work, they asked if she would like to share it with others. Together they found a publisher to create official bound books with a cover of Helena’s own design. Excitement ensued when the box full of bright pink books arrived and sparked the idea of hosting an official book signing event at Carondelet Village. Helena signed hundreds of books as she greeted friends and community members, some of whom she hadn’t seen in years.
We are honored to serve many talented residents and clients at Presbyterian Homes & Services. From quilted works of art to uniquely inspired poetry, the wealth of talent is unending.