Vita of Sister Emily Fox
(Written by her in August 2011)
1932 – 2014
I, Emily Margaret Fox, was born on October 24, 1932 to Paul and Marie (Beran) Fox on their tenth wedding anniversary. I was born at the family home, 234 East Mary Street, Bucyrus, Ohio, and was baptized on October 30, 1932, in Holy Trinity Church by Father Leo Reinartz. I was the youngest of nine. Eventually I was not only the youngest of nine, but the oldest of eight. As a middle child I learned a lot from the older children, and helped with the six younger boys.
In 1950 I graduated from Bucyrus High School and worked at a family restaurant for a year and a half before entering St. Francis Convent on January 5, 1952, at the age of 19. As a postulant I worked in the men’s kitchen.
On August 12, 1952, I received the habit and the name Sister Benedict. I was two years in the novitiate. I made my first profession in 1954 when I received the black veil. I made my final profession in 1957, receiving my silver ring.
From 1952 until 1973 I served at St. Anthony’s Villa in Toledo as a group parent for boys ages 10 to 14. In the five years of ministering there I had 100 boys, usually 20-24 at a time. One of my greatest challenges was taking college classes at Scott campus. Af-ter being out of school for 20 years, I became a student in social services. A great ex-perience indeed!
Knowing myself to be drained both physically and emotionally, and after prayerful
discernment, I felt God calling me to serve His elderly at St. Francis Home. From 1973 until May of 1981, I was floor coordinator on the women’s floor for two years and six years on the men’s floor.
Again, after prayerful discernment, I requested a sabbatical year to pray, study, and be of service doing foot care here at St. Francis Convent. In the Fall of 1981 I made a workshop in Columbus to study and become a Foot Reflexologist. In November 1983, after three seminars and completing a written and oral test, I became a certified Foot
Reflexologist and have been serving the Sisters and many others in this capacity for the past 30 years.
My two favorite mantras over the years have been:
“Tis just the beginning of ever greater love”
(taken from my final vow retreat)
“I have everything I need to be happy – I have God.”