Meeting

Candle
October 13, 2014
Anxious energy had me up early as I prepared to meet the sisters and the other students participating in this amazing opportunity to be involved with the oral history project SisterStory.  Our first encounter started by celebrating Mass in the Annunciation Chapel. The chapel was sparsely...
October 07, 2014
On the 17th of September, with no sense of control over my course work or homework, I found myself en route to campus ministry.  I had been to campus ministry many times before, avoiding the snow and cold heading to and from classes.  This time I was headed to campus ministry to meet...
October 06, 2014
I had the privilege to meet Sister Barb Thomalla late one evening in front of the bookstore on Saint Kate’s campus. Dressed simply in a T-shirt and pants, Sister Barb echoed her religious vows even without a habit. Only a small cross necklace spoke to her community tie. Both of us having had a long...
August 29, 2014
When Sister Angela at Carondelet Village led me to meet Sister Mary Mark for the first time, I had no idea what to anticipate. Entering the room, we were greeted by a warm, lovely smile that set me immediately at ease. Relaxing in her wheelchair, Sister Mary Mark playfully teased Sister Angela...
August 10, 2014
Sixteen years ago Sister Mary Mark read an ad in a national Catholic newsletter seeking people willing to correspond with prisoners on death row. She enrolled in the program and was connected to three prisoners in various Southern states. She developed close relationships with them, sharing her...
May 29, 2014
World Traveler is a film by Briana Berner about her experience with Sister Paulette Pass, SSND during the Spring of 2014 oral history project at St. Catherine University. Part of an ongoing project to support and promote the development of National Catholic Sisters Week. Transcript: Sister...
Stained Glass Window
April 17, 2014
The clock ticked on past the time that I was expecting Paulette for dinner and I felt worried. Finally, just when I had made up my mind to call her, her distinctive voice floated in from the hallway. She was cheerfully informing another resident of my fiancé’s apartment building about how lost...
Scarf Girl
April 08, 2014
One particularly beautiful thing that I have noticed about talking with women religious is that they do not shy away from depth. So often in our everyday conversations with one another we only skim the surface of what’s really going on. We ask, “How are you?” and accept “Fine” as an answer. When...
March 10, 2014
Yesterday we had our very first training session for the project. But I’ll get to that part later. More importantly we were all given schedules with the names of our assigned Sisters and their contact information. I didn’t know we were getting that information yet, so I was taken a bit by surprise...
First Impressions
March 06, 2014
I had, as I think most people do, preconceived ideas about what I thought sisters were like. I had heard a little about Sister Joan from a professor and about her feminist work and what she has done for women in the Catholic Church. I expected, well I'm not sure what I expected but Sister Joan is...