First Impressions

March 27, 2019
The first time I met Sister Tereska was at Marywood for a welcome dinner to introduce us students to the sisters we had been paired with. While I could tell from the moment that I met her that we would get along very well, I did not get a good feel for her personality until our first official...
February 08, 2018
Haga clic aquí para ver la versión original en inglés. Traducción proporcionada por Sarai Melendez. El primer día, cuando todos los integrantes del proyecto de historia oral de SisterStory se reunieron para aprender más sobre el proyecto en sí, estaba muy nervioso. La religión nunca me llamó...
May 11, 2017
On January 18th, Caldwell University hosted our first step for the Sisters’ Oral History Project.  As a student who has come from Catholic education her whole life, I could not be more excited to be a part of this program.  The day was full of activities that enriched our knowledge of the...
May 04, 2017
Click here for a Spanish translation of this piece. On the first day, when all of the students who joined the SisterStory Oral History Project gathered to learn about the project itself, I was a nervous wreck. I never really cared for religion and never had a clear idea of what it was or how it...
June 01, 2016
Going into the project, I became very much aware of the fact that, until recently, I’ve had little to no experience working with Catholic sisters. My earliest impressions of Catholic sisters were heavily influenced by the media as well as the experiences and stories of people I knew. After hearing...
May 25, 2016
The first time I met with Sister Joanne was at school, and we had engaged in minimal conversation beforehand via email. From the emails I had the impression that she was nervous going into the meeting, as was I, so seemingly being on the same page made me feel a little more comfortable. Upon...
May 24, 2016
After meeting with Sister Evelyn a couple times, several things stood out to me. Much of her personality is different from what I would have imagined a Catholic sister to be. She was, of course, kind and compassionate, but there were things I would have never guessed about her. Sister Evelyn...
May 20, 2016
At the beginning of the SisterStory project, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. All I knew about the Catholic faith was the basic information and what my parents had told me growing up in Catholic households and schools. They didn’t have the most favorable experiences to share. I have...
May 20, 2016
In this episode we interviewed Maakwe Cumanzala, an international first year here at St. Catherine University. She worked with Sister Sharon Howell, CSJ, in the Fall of 2015. Maakwe shares how getting to know her sister was not what she expected, in the best way possible. She learned that there is...
May 18, 2016
When I was younger I went to Sunday school every day, and when I grew older I helped to teach it. As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), my congregation was liberal and pretty laid back, so when I signed up for this project I must admit I was a bit nervous because my only...