"Loving everybody. You can always find something good in people". Sister Betty Mckenzie, CSJ has been an activist and participant in peace movements her entire life. In this film she recounts her time in prison and why it was an important thing to do.


“Peacework is important. I think there’s something else that’s more important, even. Although you couldn’t have peace without it. And that is loving people. That, to me, is the important thing in my life right now--loving everybody. You could always find something good in people. Always.

I was active with the peace community, and we had done civil disobedience. We’ve done civil disobedience here in the Twin Cities several times--or, as Richard would say, my ‘civil obedience.’ But I also did it down at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. I was convicted down there and sentenced to prison for six months--federal prison. It was something that needed to be done, and it was something I could do. With all that, it was kind of exciting, even, to do it.

There were ten of us from the Fort Benning episode there at one time, as [civil disobedience prisoners] there. We got a lot of letters from people. I decided early on that I would answer every letter that I got. [I] got lots from South America, because the School of the Americas was what we were protesting. It was the letters from South and Central America that did me in, emotionally, because they were thanking us for what we did. And I didn’t think we’d done that much. All we did was walk across a line and refuse to go back."

Hilary Stein

About Hilary Stein

Hilary Stein is completing her last semester of undergraduate education at St. Catherine University. She dedicated herself to an exploration of the liberal arts through a double major in french and studio arts. As a photographer, Hilary is interested in the permanence and historical weight that a photograph can hold and in the immediacy of its communicative ability. She became involved with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet during her sophomore year and quickly recognized that their stories need to be shared and valued. As she began to engage in conversations she increasingly realized the significance and gravity involved with the visual and written documentation of their lives, as the number of sisters are significantly diminishing and with them, their rich and important histories. What began as a modest inquiry became for a mission to understand and record the stories of these revolutionary women in order to share and communicate their legacy. During the Spring of 2014 she was paired with Sister Betty McKenzie, CSJ; a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.