Sister Judi Clemens
“Straight from the Heart”
Thinking about the connection between hearts and ministries brings Sister Judi Clemens to mind. After serving on the Ohio Province leadership team for five years, she might well have retired. Instead, she is working as an independent interpreter, returning to a ministry that once again brings her closer to the people so dear to her heart – the Brazilian community.
“I am DNA-wired to Brazilians,
and that is a pure gift of God and the Sisters of Notre Dame.”
Sister Judi receives invitations from religious communities around the world, asking her to serve as a Portuguese translator. In the first few months of her new ministry, she’s traveled to Boston, Tampa and Chicago to provide simultaneous and written translations. One assignment took her back to a Brazilian worship community she founded 25 years ago in Stoughton, Massachusetts, when she served with the Brazilian Pastoral Programs for the Archdiocese of Boston. Sister Judi’s fluency is in Portuguese. It was formed through 23 years of ministry in Brazil, and another 15 years of pastoral work in Brazilian communities in this country.