inter-generational bonds

June 24, 2019
Over the course of this semester, Sister Donna Jean has been a constant symbol of hope. She has taught me many valuable lessons I could have never received anywhere else. From learning about her travels to Egypt to her willingness to spend all of her childhood days taking care of others -- she has...
June 14, 2019
The church community I grew up in is just down the street from Marywood, where Sister Michael Ellen lives. I’ve known the area since I was little and often drove through the neighborhoods with my mom as she pointed out the house where she grew up and where other members of our community lived. This...
June 13, 2019
Congratulations to the "Nuns & Nones" project for being covered in The New York Times! The project received funding through an NCSW mini-grant, and we're proud that it is has continued to expand in scope and impact. The Times article is fascinating (like the project itself), giving voice to...
June 03, 2019
Now that the semester is over and the interviews are completed, I have been reflecting back on my time with Sister Tereska. Going into the process, I was extremely nervous. I am not Catholic and never knew much about the religion; I was scared that I was in a little over my head. I had also never...
May 28, 2019
Over the course of this semester, I learned a lot about Sister Mary Catherine as well as religious life. We talked about the jobs she had worked, living in community and how decisions were made. Since I go to a Catholic school, it was especially meaningful for me to understand the lives of women...
May 20, 2019
Sister Mary Kay is an amazing human being. I truly appreciate learning her story and learning from her life. She is an incredible educator with a heart for students; she believes everyone possesses within them what they need to learn and grow. She is also a highly educated theologian and...
May 13, 2019
Today all the students and Sisters involved in the SisterStory oral history project at Aquinas College gathered to celebrate the end of our work together. We met for a luncheon in the Dominican Center to share food, stories and clips from our videos. I’m a little sad that the project is coming...
May 30, 2018
It always is a bit intimidating to realize just how much time has passed. The seasons in Michigan have been changing rapidly, and along with it a series of endings for many of the projects I have been working on, Sister Story being one of them. In the reflection of the experience, I have realized...
May 25, 2018
The first time  I met with Sister Susie after we were paired up felt like catching up with an old friend.  We instantly bonded over our love for our families and our passion for education, specifically at the elementary level.  While talking with Sister Susie about her life, I...