Community

December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses what charism means in her community: “I didn’t know that word then, I didn’t pay attention—[but] I liked what I saw, the way that people lived. Now that I’m here, I can talk a little bit about our charism. We’ve kind of changed the way we express it, to...
December 16, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ has been long known for her presentation on the vow of celibacy; re-framing it as a vow of love for everyone rather than a single individual. But, her knowledge and ability to make accessible complex ideas does not stop with celibacy. The Vows of a Catholic Sister...
December 16, 2014
 imagine! imagine! the wild and wondrous journeys still to be ours. The Grass Below is a film by Jawana Benton-Johns about her experiences with Sister Jill Underdahl, CSJ, M.A. during the Fall of 2014 oral history project at St. Catherine University. Part of an ongoing project to...
December 15, 2014
Sister Suzanne Herder, CSJ discusses what her grandchildren think: “My oldest daughter belongs to a Baptist church, a Born Again Christian church. So [my grandchildren] are 11 and 9. The idea is just starting to come to them now that I’m a nun, and they like to look at pictures of what a nun...
December 15, 2014
Sister Katherine Mullin, VHM discusses the value in knowing one's neighbor: “When I first got here, to north Minneapolis, I was walking the neighborhood, something I love to do. I turned a corner, and there was a woman dumpster diving. She was diving into the dumpster and pulling stuff out....
December 15, 2014
Sister Suzanne Herder, CSJ discusses wearing the habit: “When I first entered the community, we all wore habits. Long black dresses with veils, and a white, I called it a guimpe, but a white thing here, we had rosaries. And we just thought--we didn’t think anything about it. I mean, this was...
December 15, 2014
Sister Suzanne Herder, CSJ discusses spiritual life in the community: “We used to say the office together, when we had different hours of the day that we said different prayers. And then we all went off to teach, or we all went off to the hospital. As the community changed in their roles in the...
December 15, 2014
Sister Suzanne Herder, CSJ discusses how she enjoys free time: “In my free time, if you don’t talk about doing service or being with your family, which are two things that I love to do, but my own personal free time; I love to read. I do not like to exercise but I try to exercise and swim. But I...
December 15, 2014
Sister Katherine Mullin, VHM discusses her discernment and ministry: “Something emerged that I never expected. [I] never expected to be thinking about ‘Maybe I’m called to go over to the Minneapolis North side, to work with this community, this visitation monastery. [But] I said ‘No, no, no. I’m...
December 15, 2014
Sister Katherine Mullin, VHM discusses her path to becoming a Sister: “As I got to be mid-year freshman, I knew. I knew I wanted to be a Visitation sister. But I didn’t know when I would join. So I went to see a Campus Minister, and evidently I saw the Campus Minister a lot. One time I went...