SISTER KARLYN A CAULEY, SDS
"Celebrates 50th YEAR JUBILEE"
“Two Tables” of faith sharing Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS the sister to the President and Presiding Bishop of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters Brother Michael, celebrated 50 years of profession with the Sisters of the Divine Savior at the Salvatorian Family’s Jubilee Mass and dinner on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The next morning brought more celebration when she was honored for years of sharing worship, friendship and her art ministry with the people of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. In her address to the congregation entitled “Two Tables,” Sister Karlyn talked about how sharing prayer and fellowship at Immanuel Presbyterian has enhanced her life of service dedicated to making known the goodness and kindness of our Savior.
SISTER KARLYN - THE ARTIST
Sister Karlyn Cauley has been a member of the Sisters of the Divine Savior since 1961. This international order, also called the Salvatorian Sisters, is headquartered in Rome and has been in the U.S. since 1895 working mainly in the areas of education and health care.
Sister Karlyn received her art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught in community schools. Years ago a visit to Kentucky began her interest in the Shakers. She finds in her life some ideals lived in Shaker communities: peace and harmony, celibacy and prayer, hospitality and care for others, investing the Shaker saying, "Hands to work and Hearts to God".
Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS, has brought her unique gift of art to her ministry as a Salvatorian Sister. Following in the "Shaker Tradition" of art, her works have brought people back to an awareness of the need for simplicity in their lives. However, while appearing simple at first glance, the intricacies of the details in the paintings are evident on closer inspection, thus revealing the true talents of an artist like Sister Karlyn. Because simplicity is a hallmark of religious life, Sister Karlyn's artwork stands out as a real witness to a need for simplicity for all people. The Gospel value of "living simply" is a call, not only for those in religious life, but for everyone. In a world that is so caught up in the hustle-and-bustle of daily life, a walk through Sister Karlyn's Art Studio is a refreshing breath of air. Many have commented that the studio itself is a place where peace can be found. Current exhibits of her art are in demand and she is constantly being sought out to do special works.
In true Salvatorian spirit, Sister Karlyn has developed her unique gifts and talents and uses those to the best of her ability in her ministry as an artist. Her works have brought joy and beauty to homes and her skills give prayerful witness to God who has blessed her with many gifts. Sister Karlyn can be found on Facebook.
A Few Words From Sister Karlyn
My history as an artist has not been measured
by success in the marketplace nor by prayer in a Cathedral,
but breathes, instead, within my art’s human spirit.
I have traced a trail that lightened like the tail of a comet
blazing in the dark sky. My skill for painting long measured
those drawings of utopian visionaries with whom I share religious inclinations.
Although of a different time, the stature of the Shakers’ spirit has risen in my own hand;
my pen work has raised bower, admired flower, vine and leaf.
Fine jeweled emblems—curious, quaint, meticulous, and intricate.
Then I waited, seeking not shelter but some vista—--
small bird perched on a branch’s furthermost tip--
most sure another spirit would thaw and stir.
Tailspins sent me spiraling forward
into darker skies; scriptures fell like showers from the clouds.
My pen worked— journals, poems, letters, prayers, memory.
My hands held flashes of poetry, lilting song, lifted wings,
most delicate shreds made whole--
that those images became a new language. There I learned
the strengths of my mother, our Earth, who holds forth a buried fire
fueled by air and light and Breath.
My eyes feasted on colors of women clad in dreams,
who kept secrets, who even lead me now--
More Muses—my Own—than ever my life can hold!
~ Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS