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An ever-changing collection of videos, podcasts and articles exploring the surprising lives and moving truths of women religious.

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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 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 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
Candy Wrappers
November 11, 2014
October was a beautiful month. I continue to enjoy meeting with Sister Marie on the weekends and catching up on how our weeks have gone. Three... Read More
Prayer
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... Read More
Community, Education
November 05, 2014
About a month ago, I had my interview with Sister Elsa. I was very pleased with how the interview turned out. Sister Elsa did more than just answer... Read More
Community, Education
Lord is My Light Glass
November 05, 2014
The day finally arrived! Today I met Sister Misty for dinner.  I barely noticed the heavy 5 o’clock traffic due to the beautiful clear blue... Read More
Community, Prayer
November 04, 2014
Growing up, I was not religious. However, when I visited my grandmother, I went to church. I haven't been in a church in more than nine years, so as... Read More
Education
Sweet Honey in the Rock
November 03, 2014
The O'Shaughnessy auditorium filled up swiftly on October 16.  The audience quickly quieted as a smooth, sultry voice came over the speakers... Read More
Community, Prayer

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