School Teacher Initiative

Dear High School Religion Teachers,

National Catholic Sisters Week is fast approaching, and I’d like to invite you to get involved in a special way.

March 8-14 will mark the fourth annual celebration of women religious, an official component of Women’s History Month, which takes place each March. NCSW is intended to raise awareness of the profound impact of Catholic sisters. Across the country, people plan events to elevate women religious. They range widely from retreats to movie screenings, from tours of the motherhouse to ice cream socials. Many are simple: a coffee date, a bouquet of flowers, a handwritten note of appreciation. Some involve inviting a sister to an already scheduled event, such as leading prayer before a board meeting or basketball game.

I’m writing to ask if you would support our cause by challenging your religion class to plan an NCSW event for the school sometime in March.

We’re completely open to whatever they may plan. There’s no right or wrong, nothing too simple or small in scale. If it’s a private event, I would ask you to submit the basic plan for my internal tracking of NCSW events. If it’s open to the community, please submit it to our website:

We would also request photos of the event (or event planning) to share online – either sent from you or posted by the students on social media using our hashtag #NCSW2017.

As a token of our appreciation, I can provide you with a stipend of $100. This money will be yours to allocate as you best see fit. I’m keenly aware that a teacher’s budget is never adequate!

To get started, I’ll need you to send me two things: a basic event description (including date) and the attached W9/consultant form so I can swiftly issue your stipend. When completing the W9/Consultant form it should indicate the school for the TIN number and name.

We see NCSW as an opportunity for you to involve your students in a national Catholic movement and educate them on the profound impact of women religious – class discussions of the vital role they played at your school, reflection papers on what they learned from implementing an NCSW event, etc.

My creative staff has devised a list of event ideas that I’d be happy to share if that sounds helpful.

Thanks so much for your consideration – and keep up the important work guiding young spiritual seekers. I hope to hear from you!

E-mail for more information.

Molly Hazelton
National Catholic Sisters Week Site Director
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn.

About Molly Hazelton

Molly Hazelton is the site director of National Catholic Sisters Week, headquartered at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She credits her love, respect and admiration for Catholic sisters to her grandmother, Isabel, who was educated in nursing by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester, Vt. Molly is also a trained librarian, so please feel free to ask her for book recommendations.