Oral History

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 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...
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...