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, I am now more spiritual. So I guess the most obvious question would be why am I a part of this project in the first place? Well I think I joined this project out of a mix of curiosity and a desire for more experience of doing different things in life.

I remember thinking to myself, when my boss first told me about it, “well this is different.” I don’t know any nuns or sisters. I don’t know anything about them other than the fact that they are catholic. From my understanding, this project is meant to raise awareness and dispel the mystery behind women religious. It is hoped that these efforts will help inspire and encourage young women to pick the call to religious life. The project sounded unique and it piqued my interest.

So, I am now a part of SisterStory. I’m to be paired with a sister, get to know her and then interview her. I feel excited with the prospect of getting to collect this unknown sister’s story. I have always liked interviews. I feel that it’s a more intentional form of communication that can lead to a very intimate and powerful experience. There's just something very profound in having someone share their story with you. I always find it impossible not to understand someone at a much deeper level once they share who they are with me.

I’ve decided to document my thoughts as I go through this unique experience with my sister. Speaking of my thoughts, I’m waiting to feel anxious or some form of anticipation. Nothing yet, I feel really calm and confident about my role in this project. So far I’ve just been having fun meeting the other student producers and getting to know the awesome team behind this project. Well that’s all I have for now, till next time.

Helen Garcia

About Helen Garcia

Helen Garcia majored in social work at St. Catherine University. She has a passion for social justice and movement in communities. In the future she hopes to work in policy and create changes to the system. During the Spring of 2014 she was paired with Sister Vicky Larson, PBVM; a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After completing her work as an oral historian she continued with SisterStory first as a production assistant and then oral history program assistant helping oversee the archive's development.