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December 10, 2014
For Sister Tanya, playing the clarinet is her passion. She began to play the clarinet when she was 7-years-old. At first she wanted to play the flute... Read More
Community, Education, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses theology and religious life: "Well throughout school a Catholic theology education, uh, earlier, earlier on it... Read More
Community, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Healthcare
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses her process of discernment: “I love that question because some people think and have said to me that ‘you... Read More
Education, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Education
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses her experience studying at St. Catherine University:  “Sense of community, that’s my largest experience.... Read More
Community, Education
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... Read More
Community, Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Education
December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses the difference between profession and living a spiritual life: “First of all, I would say that religious... Read More
Community, Healthcare
December 09, 2014
Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM discusses the hopes she has for her community and for the future: “I would say my hope is that women religious would... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 09, 2014
Sister Tanya Williams, OP discusses when she considered a religious vocation: “The first time I considered it was when I was a little kid. I think... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 08, 2014
Every year Sister Barbara Thomalla, OSM participates in a community event, baking cookies as others share their crafts and come together in the... Read More
Education
December 06, 2014
I am happy to announce I have finished my creative video! It was neat to be able to make the video how I wanted it and I really liked the music that... Read More
Education
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... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 03, 2014
I interviewed my sister, Jill Underdahl, on Nov. 6. This marked the second attempt of my partner and me to film the interview. The first time my... Read More
Education
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... Read More
Community
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... Read More
Community, Prayer

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