Sister Helen Bendik, O.P., Memorial
Posted by Amanda Kelly on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM PST
Our university has lost a dear friend who through the '80s and into the '90s performed a vital role on this campus. From her office desk in the old campus ministry McGoldrick Center, Sister Helen Bendik, O.P. kept a watchful eye on students, faculty and staff alike. Looking out onto the main entrance to campus, Helen’s smiling face was one of the first things people noticed when entering the campus and her ministry of hospitality would envelop both friends and strangers.
Campus Ministry was only a part of Helen’s work and those who were lucky enough to know her remember her dream interpretation workshops, Myers Briggs and Enneagram sessions as well as her longstanding work as moderator of the 4th floor of Bellermine. A little know fact about her was the pivotal role she played in getting a wrongly convicted inmate in the state penitentiary in Monroe released. This story became a feature article in the Alaska Airlines magazine.
Helen was famous for working back channels in order to retain students who were struggling with the many facets of university life. A call from Helen could secure additional financial aid, find much needed counseling or work out issues in the residence halls.
Helen’s greatest gift was her ability to help anyone and everyone understand how much they were loved by God. Through her patience and understanding she could sense what people needed and help them remove the obstacles which get in the way of a true relationship with God. Her mantra was “All Is Gift” and her life reflected that. Her legacy at SU lives on in the lives of the many students and university members whom she touched. She will be missed.
Mike "The Mayor" Mullen
Seattle University '89