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June 25, 2019
Kjerstin and I are writing today to say goodbye. After being with National Catholic Sisters Week since its inception, we are both moving on to a new position – and bidding you all a fond farewell. What an incredible experience it’s been to build NCSW from scratch into a well-established, much-...
June 24, 2019
Over the course of this semester, Sister Donna Jean has been a constant symbol of hope. She has taught me many valuable lessons I could have never received anywhere else. From learning about her travels to Egypt to her willingness to spend all of her childhood days taking care of others -- she has...
June 14, 2019
The church community I grew up in is just down the street from Marywood, where Sister Michael Ellen lives. I’ve known the area since I was little and often drove through the neighborhoods with my mom as she pointed out the house where she grew up and where other members of our community lived. This...
June 13, 2019
Congratulations to the "Nuns & Nones" project for being covered in The New York Times! The project received funding through an NCSW mini-grant, and we're proud that it is has continued to expand in scope and impact. The Times article is fascinating (like the project itself), giving voice to...
June 03, 2019
Now that the semester is over and the interviews are completed, I have been reflecting back on my time with Sister Tereska. Going into the process, I was extremely nervous. I am not Catholic and never knew much about the religion; I was scared that I was in a little over my head. I had also never...
May 28, 2019
Over the course of this semester, I learned a lot about Sister Mary Catherine as well as religious life. We talked about the jobs she had worked, living in community and how decisions were made. Since I go to a Catholic school, it was especially meaningful for me to understand the lives of women...
May 20, 2019
Sister Mary Kay is an amazing human being. I truly appreciate learning her story and learning from her life. She is an incredible educator with a heart for students; she believes everyone possesses within them what they need to learn and grow. She is also a highly educated theologian and...
May 13, 2019
Today all the students and Sisters involved in the SisterStory oral history project at Aquinas College gathered to celebrate the end of our work together. We met for a luncheon in the Dominican Center to share food, stories and clips from our videos. I’m a little sad that the project is coming...
May 05, 2019
Introducing girls to Catholic sisters who look like them is one goal of National Catholic Sisters Week, and it was advanced in a vibrant way thanks to the nation’s oldest African American order. On March 14, thanks to support from a NCSW mini-grant, a group of middle-school girls were able...
April 25, 2019
Teaching is an inherently spiritual exercise, sharpening students’ minds as it elevates their sense of worth. That’s how Sister Agnes Foley, CSJ, sees it. Education is central to her charism to always move toward a “profound love of God and dear neighbor without distinction.” These days, at 81...