“On a warm August afternoon in 1982, I attended the profession ceremony for five young Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who were about to pronounce their final vows.
During the liturgical celebration, Rev. Msgr. Daniel A. Murray, S.T.D., S.T.L., then rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, and homilist for the occasion, made a moving and thought-provoking statement. ‘You five sisters,’ he said, ‘are in the springtime of your religious lives. I see before me in this chapel also many who are in the summer, even the autumn, of their religious lives. Where are those in the winter? They are retired or sick now, residing in Camilla Hall across King Road. But you walk on their shoulders.’ Then, and as if to emphasize his message, he added slowly, ‘And don’t ever forget it.’
Those words planted the seed of this booklet. They also explain its title.”
-Excerpt taken from IHM Sister Maria Corona Crumback’s Introduction to her Book, We Walk on Their Shoulders, November 10, 1995.