First Impressions

First Impressions

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 and about her feminist work and what she has done for women in the Catholic Church. I expected, well I'm not sure what I expected but Sister Joan is so much more than what I could have come up with on my own. In my experience that is often the case. I have a feeling that she's holding back on me a bit. Not because she wants to be secretive, but I think because she is so humble. Sister Joan, how should I say this? She just, she just has a sweet soul.

When Sister Joan and I met for the first time the first thing I noticed about her was her joy. In just the first few minutes of talking to her and being in her presence I could just feel that she was a person who had a deep rooted joy. As she shared her story with me of how she came to become a Catholic and then a sister she shared a story of personal struggle and familial conflict, but this story, although it is not yet finished, ends in reconciliation and a joy that is so much deeper than happiness.

Only having known Sister Joan for three weeks I must say, I am honored to be working with her. She is an inspiration to me in all of her hard work to be where she is today in her ministry. I look forward to all of the things she has to share with me.

Alicia Beyer

About Alicia Beyer

Alicia Beyer is a graduate of St. Catherine University. She is from White Bear Lake, MN, loves bike riding and coffee, and dreams of a life of traveling the world meeting new people. During the Spring of 2014 she was paired with Sister Joan Mitchell, CSJ; a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. After completing her work as an oral historian she continued to work for SisterStory as a production assistant producing the podcast Here's My Secret, chronicling the many perspectives of participating students from 2015-2016, while sound designing and mixing the podcast Curve Riders.