Meeting

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 19, 2016
In the end, I am more than grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Hilton Foundation, the SisterStory project, Sister Kathleen DelMonte, Dr. Rob Larson and most importantly, Sister Marie Therese Poliquin. The relationships I have created with many sisters throughout this project has...
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...
May 17, 2016
I have grown up in an extremely Catholic family. I have gone to Mass every Sunday since I can remember. I went to Catholic preschool, elementary school, middle school, part of high school and now college. I had First Communion in elementary school and I was confirmed in high school. I was very...
May 16, 2016
During our very first meeting, I asked Sister Mary Lou about her family and how she grew up. At a later meeting, she brought pictures for me to look at. These pictures were of her nieces and nephews and their kids. I liked to put the names that came up in our conversations to the faces in the...
May 16, 2016
I have met with Sister Victorine twice, and each time she has amazed me with her humility and kindness. She has always been very honest about the faults in her personality. She was patient with me as I asked various questions about the place that she lives and clarified various aspects of her...
May 12, 2016
As my journey with Sister Susan comes to an end, I am beginning to reminisce about the time I got to spend with her and everything I have gained simply by being a part of this project. So much was added to my life -- not just through the sisters I have met but also through the friendships that were...
May 10, 2016
Going into this project, I imagined all religious sisters fell into one of two camps: harsh, smack-you-with-a-ruler school nuns or old-and-out-of-touch-with-the-modern-world nuns. Meeting Sister Agnes changed this view for me from the moment she opened her door to my knock. There she was, a...
May 05, 2016
Sister Rita Specht entered into the Sisters of Mercy in 1959.  She first served as an elementary school teacher as a young sister.  Then, she moved on to teaching Spanish at the high school level, which she enjoyed because she liked the Spanish language.  She was also part of the...