Community

December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses what the vow of chastity means to her: “The description for chastity was ‘to love all people who need to be loved,’ or something like that. My work in public health with people of other cultures, and people of various economic—mostly low socioeconomic—women...
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses when she knew she wanted to be a sister: “It actually surprised me, many, many, years later. I first thought of it as a little girl. Thought of it again when I was in high school, when it was a very exciting time to be alive in the mid-sixties, in the South,...
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...
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses when she first started playing the clarinet: “I began playing the clarinet when I was 7 years-old. I wanted to play flute, but couldn’t make a darned sound come out of it—and I do believe that anyone can make a sound come out of a clarinet. In the elementary...
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...