The end of an era

As my time with Sister Susie is coming to a close, I have been thinking about how much she has impacted my life in such a short period of time. At our SisterStory celebration, I was chosen to say a few remarks about my time spent with Sister Susie and the program at large. It really got me thinking about all the things that Sister Susie and I have done together -- go out to breakfast at the pancake house, have lunch in the cafeteria on campus, enjoy dinner together at the convent and so much more. 

At the celebration of SisterStory, I was able to showcase Sister Susie’s life and who she is as a person. I wanted to highlight how much she has done not only for me but also for her family, friends, coworkers and students. Through pictures, a scrapbook and a movie, I was able to highlight her service as much as I possibly could.

It was such a beautiful day, not only because I was able to showcase Sister Susie, but also because I was able to see all the other sisters who had been a part of the program and all the sisters to whom Sister Susie had previously introduced me. My family was even able to come to meet Sister Susie, which was the best part of the celebration. 

This experience has been truly incredible, and I am so happy I was selected to take part in it. Not everyone can say that they hung out with, interviewed and befriended a Dominican Sister, and I am so proud to say that I was a part of this program. The Dominican Sisters have so much history to share with the world, and I feel honored that I was able to take Sister Susie’s story and history and make it something that everyone can discover. 

My friendship with Sister Susie is definitely not over, but just beginning. 

About Kelsey Marren

Kelsey Marren is a Junior at Caldwell University. She plans on graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology along with an endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. On campus, she is a member of numerous clubs and organizations including Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, Rotoract club, psychology club, marketing club, and the Caldwell University Education Association. She has been elected to the Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Epsilon, and Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Societies. Off campus, she is a CCD teacher where she teaches religious education to confirmation students. After graduation, she plans on teaching students with special needs and continuing her education to pursue a Doctorate in Education. During the Spring of 2018 she was paired with Sister Suzie Janis, OP; a Dominican Sister of Caldwell.