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May 09, 2018
When it comes to introducing young women to Catholic Sisters, we often hear a familiar arc. First, the young women express nervousness about the encounter. What will they talk about? Will they be able to find common ground? Will they be found religious enough, up to snuff? Then comes the much-...
May 08, 2018
Last week of March was all about the preparation for the interview. My friend Anwar and I conducted the interview on Friday, March 30. We interviewed both sisters on the same day. We arrived at Sister Lena’s apartment at 9 a.m., where she and Sister Eleanor were waiting for us with breakfast and...
May 08, 2018
Members of the Caldwell University community gathered together April 24 to celebrate the final Mass that would be held in the Mother Joseph Chapel. The chapel, which is located in one of the residence halls on campus, is being moved to a part of campus that is more easily accessible to students...
May 07, 2018
My father always told me, "Never ever be a pessimist!" I have not been so good at following this advice. Today we like to confuse cynicism and pessimism for realism, and I am one to do so every now and then when it hurts too much to hope. Sister Alice is the opposite: an unfailingly...
May 04, 2018
There are certain things Sister Alice has told me that have stuck with me -- particularly, her stories about the past. As we prepared for her interview, she would occasionally go on tangents and share anecdotes about when she was young. Both she and her sister became Dominican nuns, and I was...
May 03, 2018
  The National Catholic Sisters Project is a dynamic, ever-evolving initiative, and Garrett Tiedemann is the creative genius behind the scenes helping coordinate everything under its scope. His role as media director is wide ranging: He serves as head of all media strategy, production...
May 03, 2018
Celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week with Sister Susie was an experience I will never forget. Sister Susie, as well as the rest of the Dominican Sisters from around campus, came together for a special dinner in honor of this week. Upon arriving at the dinner, I was excited to see Sister Susie...
April 26, 2018
When I first saw the email about the SisterStory project, I was very excited. I applied within 10 minutes after it was sent out. I did not know much about the Catholic faith. The only knowledge I had came from my friends who identify as Catholic. I was always confused between the concept of a...
April 25, 2018
This episode is in honor of the lives of the four Sisters from the Missionaries of Charities who lost their lives in the midst of the Yemen crisis in 2016. Transcript: Pa Ying: “Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of...
April 24, 2018
Sister Helen and I meet once a week, every Monday at 1:30 pm. After we finished the recording process with one another, we continued to meet, both eager to continue a connection we felt was only growing stronger. In those moments, I come as I am. Some weeks I am too sick to meet, and Sister Helen...