Dominican Sisters of Caldwell

May 10, 2018
I have a friend whose parents were born and raised in an impoverished ward of Jersey City. When they learned that I attended Caldwell University, they laughed and shared with me their stories of attending Catholic school there. (The Sisters of St. Dominic founded many primary and secondary Catholic...
May 09, 2018
When it comes to introducing young women to Catholic Sisters, we often hear a familiar arc. First, the young women express nervousness about the encounter. What will they talk about? Will they be able to find common ground? Will they be found religious enough, up to snuff? Then comes the much-...
May 08, 2018
Last week of March was all about the preparation for the interview. My friend Anwar and I conducted the interview on Friday, March 30. We interviewed both sisters on the same day. We arrived at Sister Lena’s apartment at 9 a.m., where she and Sister Eleanor were waiting for us with breakfast and...
May 08, 2018
Members of the Caldwell University community gathered together April 24 to celebrate the final Mass that would be held in the Mother Joseph Chapel. The chapel, which is located in one of the residence halls on campus, is being moved to a part of campus that is more easily accessible to students...
May 07, 2018
My father always told me, "Never ever be a pessimist!" I have not been so good at following this advice. Today we like to confuse cynicism and pessimism for realism, and I am one to do so every now and then when it hurts too much to hope. Sister Alice is the opposite: an unfailingly...
May 04, 2018
There are certain things Sister Alice has told me that have stuck with me -- particularly, her stories about the past. As we prepared for her interview, she would occasionally go on tangents and share anecdotes about when she was young. Both she and her sister became Dominican nuns, and I was...
May 04, 2018
Oral history offers a primary perspective of history that is unmatched by any other type of resource. With a writing, you can garner some essence of that person, of her life and perspective and experiences, but only with interpretation and patience. Pictures can only capture an instant. But people...
May 03, 2018
Celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week with Sister Susie was an experience I will never forget. Sister Susie, as well as the rest of the Dominican Sisters from around campus, came together for a special dinner in honor of this week. Upon arriving at the dinner, I was excited to see Sister Susie...
May 02, 2018
Sister Lena and I have not been meeting as often as we would like to because we have both been very busy. We have a great time when we see each other. Sister Lena always asks how I am doing in school and how my work and volunteering are going. Last time we met at her house, and we had so much...
April 30, 2018
Sister Lena and I have been meeting at least twice a month. Meetings with her have been very fun and educational. I have learned much more about her background, and she has learned a lot about me also. The first time I met with Sister Lena she showed me around her house. We had a very nice, long...