Community

December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses what the vow of obedience means to her: “My statement about obedience was: to listen to God’s will for me as it reveals itself in persons or events in my life. And I thought, ‘that’s really been true.’ As I have encountered a difficult decision about:...
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses theology and religious life: "Well throughout school a Catholic theology education, uh, earlier, earlier on it was that of pre-Vatican II. But I’m at that place now that, at the age it was just a part of my life for a short period of time. So as a young girl,...
December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses a challenge she experienced in religious life: “At our chapter meetings—which is a meeting of all of the sisters together—during the 1980’s and 1990’s, we often met every year. So someone would bring forth an idea, let’s say, to do our selection of leaders...
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses her experience studying at St. Catherine University:  “Sense of community, that’s my largest experience. Also, there’s a beauty on this campus that unless--I mean all of the students, you know what it’s like, this campus is beautiful. So I still love...
December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses a blessing she experienced in religious life: “The greatest blessing for me has been the opportunity for personal growth. I would say a lot of that personal growth has come through spiritual direction, and I think if I had not been a sister, I probably...
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses what she finds most gratifying of working in her ministry: “My most gratifying work is… the work I’m doing now. As an employment counselor, my title is Employment Specialist, I work with a non-profit four days a week and I also work with, men primarily, but...
Candles
December 04, 2014
It is almost the end of the semester, and I am going to miss participating in this SisterStory project! Last Sunday Sister Barb and I met at a coffee shop near St. Catherine University. Sister Barb had made some gluten-free bread, which she gave me. I had it for dinner that night and it was...
Bakery Sign
November 25, 2014
I set out to meet Sister Barb for her cookie bake sale on a snowy Saturday morning. Upon arriving, I was directed to a room filled with about six tables of "vendors." I was immediately in awe of the handiwork I saw. One woman had knitted a gorgeous collection of sweaters, hats and scarves to...
Black and White Books
November 14, 2014
The library has always beckoned me, invited me and welcomed me into its quiet, ordered world. The Sueltenfuss Library at Our Lady of the Lake University is one of the newest buildings here, but the architecture is beautifully crafted to imitate the campus’ original gothic-style structures....
November 06, 2014
My sister is one of the few people I have encountered who agrees there is a difference between spirituality and religion. One of the things we touched on in our discussion was that in today's society, Christianity as whole has many man-made rules that get in the way of one's connection with God....