Crossing the threshold

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After recently finishing the SisterStory project, I reflect on the wonderful experience I had and look forward to a relationship with Sister Collean.

Before beginning the project, I didn’t know what to expect or if I would get along with my paired sister.

Upon speaking to Sister Collean on the phone to set up our first meeting, I realized I had met her before during my volunteer training at St. Agnes Hospital. God had brought us together more than once. As someone who believes everything happens for a reason, I think God planned for us to meet.

Sister Collean referred to us meeting as “crossing the threshold." She explained that we came into each other’s life and we shared our gifts with one another. We both affected one another in different ways. We shared stories, laughed together and inspired each other.

Each time you open a door or enter a new situation, you never know who or what is on the other side, but God is always there. When you face a new challenge, understand that God is with you as you cross the threshold. Although things change in our lives, God remains a constant presence that surrounds us.

Through SisterStory Sister, Collean has become a friend, mentor and inspiration. Her beautiful spirit remains in my life, even now that the project has ended. We keep in contact through calls, emails and visits. I share her story with friends and family, hoping to inspire them the way Sister Collean has inspired me. Her stories of teaching, administrating and serving the Catholic Church have amazed me. She has influenced the lives of so many people, and I feel blessed to be one of them.

I thank God for this opportunity and thank all of those who made it possible. I am beyond grateful for my time with Sister Collean.


About Katie Schwarzbauer

Katie Schwarzbauer is a freshman nursing major at Marian University with a minor in Spanish. In the future, she hopes to go onto graduate school to receive a doctorate degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, volunteering in the community, being involved on campus, and spending time with friends and family. Katie appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the SisterStory Project and is excited to share the story of her Sister. During the Spring of 2017 she was paired with Sister Collean Walsh, CSA; a Sister of the Congregation of St. Agnes.