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March 19, 2014
Much has happened since I last wrote. For starters I met Sister Vicky last night. Let me backtrack to the beginning of my story. Before last night,... Read More
Community, Education
March 19, 2014
I am an alumnae of Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, Ohio. Sr. Maura Bartel was always an example of quiet strength and leadership, but she... Read More
Education
March 19, 2014
Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and this was certainly the case in my high school, Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Ohio. Sr. Loyola Ernst,... Read More
Education
March 19, 2014
A special thanks to the most special person in the world, Sr. Kathy an IHM sister who took my infant son from me when he got too wiggly in church and... Read More
Education
March 13, 2014
Today I went to the Nun’s Life podcast with my sister and I can confidently say I have never met a group of women who are more beautiful... Read More
Community
March 12, 2014
There are so many sisters who have impacted my life. They all happen to be from St. Benedict's monastery in St. Joseph, MN. The three who stand out... Read More
Community
March 12, 2014
I had started at University as Pre-Nursing when I was asked if I would like to go to a program off campus with one of the Sisters. I said yes and a... Read More
Education
March 10, 2014
Yesterday we had our very first training session for the project. But I’ll get to that part later. More importantly we were all given schedules with... Read More
Community, Education, Prayer
March 07, 2014
I am a product of Catholic schooling, luckily enough to have had nuns all but one year. The experience that I had was a loving one, great memories... Read More
Education
First Impressions
March 06, 2014
I had, as I think most people do, preconceived ideas about what I thought sisters were like. I had heard a little about Sister Joan from a professor... Read More
Education
March 05, 2014
Sister Mary Frances, BVM, instilled in me a love of Shakespeare, which has has remained with me through my 60s. I can still recite the Macbeth... Read More
Education
March 05, 2014
Written with Sister Rosalind Gefre, CSJ I was 19 when my boyfriend drove me to the train station in our small North Dakota town, and I didn’t tell... Read More
Prayer
March 05, 2014
Written with Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ My mother and I had always been close. Growing up as the oldest of her three daughters, Mother and... Read More
Community, Healthcare
March 04, 2014
I think I should start off by stating that I am not religious. I was brought up a devout Christian and, for reasons that are neither here nor there,... Read More
Education
March 04, 2014
Written with Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM  A hush fell over Gentile Arena last night as I stepped up to the microphone and led the packed... Read More
Community, Education
Sister Betty McKenzie, CSJ
March 04, 2014
It was Good Friday and the year was 1986. A particularly energized protest was taking place at the Honeywell Corporation in Minneapolis and Sister... Read More
Community, Education
March 03, 2014
Written with Sister Vicky Segura As a girl I never felt a yearning to get married and have babies. I didn’t daydream about my wedding or choose... Read More
Community, Healthcare
March 03, 2014
Written with Sister Maria Veritas Marks, OP As I stood at the microphone, gazing out at the crimson-flecked multitude seated expectantly below me... Read More
Community, Education
March 03, 2014
Written with Sister Andrea Dixon, SC Reflected in my mirror is the face of a woman nearly seven decades old. She has short, salt-and-pepper hair... Read More
Community, Education

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