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December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses how liberating Vatican II was for her: “So, Vatican II was very liberating. There were many other documents, too, with humanism, which didn’t hit me so much personally because I wasn’t involved in it. But Religious Liberty; the American bishops issued...
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses how sisters are just like everyone else: “My mother, bless her heart, she arranged for [them to stay] in the refectory. The priest went someplace else, and they came together for meals. The people in the community brought meals, and then my mother volunteered me...
December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses how religious life and politics work together: [Reading quote]: "'I am not willing to admit that being interested in politics necessarily means that I am less interested in the love of God and my neighbor, or the spread of the Gospel.’ And during this...
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses what discernment means to her: “Realize that the whole of religious life—and really of any life—needs to be a life of discernment. We need to be not living by impulse—certainly not our own will. So trying to work at discovering what it is that God wanted. We...
December 17, 2014
The best way for Morgaine to reflect on her experience with Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ was abstractly through pictures. In this film she provides a brief glimpse of her time and thoughtful reflections.
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses what it is like living in a religious community: “The ministry is so important here. Our sisters were a part of the very beginnings of Saint Therese, in 1968, so I really wanted to stay here. I’m often at the monastery. Sometimes weekly, often more than that. I’...
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses what she believes is the role of women religious in the 21st century: “I think the biggest thing that we have to be is true to who we are, who God calls us to be. There are women religious who feel even called to Priesthood—myself I don’t feel that, but I think...
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses a final though she has about what people should do: “I believe if we all would be devoted to discerning in our life—and discerning what it is God calls us to do, and discerning what gifts God has given to us, and how to use them—not to embellish ourselves, but...
December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses the changes she experienced with Vatican II: “[Of] our first six sisters, only one was literate. They lived in France in 1650. The first big thing we learned was they wore the clothing they did to look like widows. Because widows could go out in public...
December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses a challenge she experienced in her ministry: “I was first missioned to [the Academy of] Holy Angels in…I think August ’53. Right after summer school that year. And I was excited. It’s my home school. I knew the teachers, I knew the place…I was teaching...