I still remember my first and only organ lesson. It was given by Sister Dianna, who herself had been playing organ since her early childhood.
Several years back, I had asked her to give me a little instruction so as to transfer what I knew on the piano and use the organ as well.
We went up to the large, beautiful sounding organ in our chapel and she instructed me on organ technique, telling me to drag my fingers. With her helpful instruction, I envisioned having weights attached to each of these small extremities.
I also learned a little about the manuals on the decks there.
I am still certainly not an expert on the use of this beautiful instrument, but her instructions were very helpful.
Sister Dianna certainly helped countless others during her many years of service. Until the last couple of years, she was still serving at the Community Hospital in Oakes, ND.
Another special connection I have with Sister Dianna, of whose death I just learned, is that her name day is celebrated the day before my birthday.
May she now “make music to your Name, most high” in the courts of heaven.
As we mark the Day of Prayer for Vocations this Good Shepherd Sunday, may she also join us in interceding for more vocations to our Community.