Oral History

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...
April 22, 2019
In my conversations with Sister Mary Kay, I enjoyed learning about her family and its influence on a person's spirituality and life path. Sister Mary Kay shared her early memories of her uncle, a Franciscan priest. Based on how she describes him, he had a dynamic personality filled with love...
April 19, 2019
Sister Verona and I recorded our interview a couple weeks ago, and since then, it seems like she and I have both breathed a big sigh of relief. Our nervousness about how the interview would go seemed to hang over our heads for the first half of the class, but now that it’s finished and it’s turned...
April 16, 2019
Despite attending Catholic school for nine years, from preschool to 8th grade, I never met any women religious. Even now, as a student at a Catholic college, I have only briefly interacted with the Dominican Sisters affiliated with Aquinas College. I knew the Dominican Sisters were nearby and had...
April 11, 2019
The third time I met with Sister Michael Ellen was during the week of the Midwest’s polar vortex, and it had taken a toll on every part of the community. The power at Marywood had gone out, but luckily the sisters had one functioning elevator and some lights. Sister Michael Ellen guided me to a...
April 09, 2019
As the weeks of this semester have flown by, I have reflected on how deep my relationship with Sister Donna Jean has become. We have grown quite close over the course of the semester, which is something neither of us expected. Each Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 we meet in Room 4 to discuss various...
April 08, 2019
One of the topics I enjoyed discussing with Sister Mary Catherine was community life. She talked about how, as part of a community, she always knew she had someone to call on for help -- no matter the time of day or night. I really understood the value of this type of relationship, as I saw...
April 03, 2019
While there are many words I would use to describe Sister Verona -- funny, quick-witted, compassionate and patient come to mind -- two particular traits I’ve noticed about her over the course of our conversations are her resilience and her willingness to face hardship head-on. These are...
April 01, 2019
Being born and raised in a Catholic family, I always felt great respect and admiration for Catholic Sisters. My grandmother would share how incredibly blessed was the family whose daughter chose the path of religious life, and although I did not attend Catholic school, I do remember going to Sunday...