A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Associate Helen Hyrniuk has always had a desire to help people. “Throughout my life,” she says, “there is a thread of service to others.” After attending an open house at the Philadelphia Police Headquarters in 1971, she developed an interest in the Philadelphia Police Department and worked as a dispatcher from 1973 to 1989.
In 1989, Helen earned a spot in the Philadelphia Police Academy at the age of 34. After four years as an officer, she was promoted to Detective. In 2008, Helen retired from the Philadelphia Police Department, and fondly reminisces, “I was blessed to work with some extraordinary people and formed friendships that would last a lifetime.” After 35 years in various positions with the Police Department, she was ready to embark on the next chapter of her life.
Participating in a faith-sharing group in 2000 had opened Helen’s ears and heart to hear the “whisper of God.” This experience encouraged her to explore her faith further. Reading books and engaging in retreats and various programs were a turning point in deepening her spirituality. Helen, who now works part-time at the Medical Mission Sisters’ Thrift Shop shares, “Working with the Sisters, I am constantly impressed by their dedication and spirit.” A member of our on-campus choir, Helen became an Associate member in 2013. She says, “God has been so good to me throughout my entire life; I cannot forget to thank Him for all the blessings He has given me.”