1. SisterStory is the ongoing story of National Catholic Sisters Week aimed at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters through the collection of oral histories, social media outreach, and the creation of additional media content. For more information visit SisterStory.org.

    National Catholic Sisters Week is a celebration of the lives and legacies of Catholic sisters every year from March 8-14 in conjunction with NWHM. If you wish to participate or have events you would like to share please visit NationalCatholicSistersWeek.org.

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  2. Sister Jean Nelson, CSJ addresses the correlation between art and the spirit:

    "Being a potter--and I have said this before in a couple of other interviews--pottery is made by a person. It’s never exactly the same. No two pots are ever made exactly the same, and that’s the way people are. There‘s no two people who are ever, ever the same.

    The potter makes the pot, lets it dry, then fires it in the kiln up to two thousand degrees. Then fires it again [at] over two thousand, five hundred degrees. The pain that that pot goes through is like the pain in our lives. The more pain, and the more things that we go through, makes a beautiful person at the end.

    A pot is a beautiful thing in the end. It’s got character, it’s got color, it’s been through, you know a little bit of pain [laughs.] High heat. And I think that’s a good correlation--between life and a pot. I really do.”

    Music: Lhasa by Nic Bommarito
    For more information go to freemusicarchive.org/music/Nic_Bommarito/Harp_Fragments_1626/Nic_Bommarito_-_06_Lhasa

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  3. Sister Joan Mitchell, CSJ, speaks about moments in life that give her hope :

    “I had to preach on March 19th, which is The Feast of St. Joseph. We had a talk, [because] it was also the day that we invaded Iraq the first time—the Gulf War. People had lobbied so hard against that war, trying to stop it. The way people talked about it, it just came to this edge: What would happen? It could start so much; it could be so awful, if this war started.

    So I had to preach that morning, and we were invading on that very day. It just seemed so hopeless. I wrote a poem about that. The very last line of the poem was ‘I just found that, even given all these bad things that happened, I had hope!’ Being alive, I would have hope. Maybe it’s the Irish thing that you can keep talking and, surely, there will be another chance to solve this. I think I have that—that grandpa that I lived with was a very robust and resilient figure, and I think I have a lot of inner resilience. I just can’t help but hope.”

    Music: Lhasa by Nic Bommarito
    For more information go to freemusicarchive.org/music/Nic_Bommarito/Harp_Fragments_1626/Nic_Bommarito_-_06_Lhasa

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  4. Sister Catherine McNamee, CSJ offers some guidance for young women who may be interested in learning more about women religious:

    “Get to know some of the sisters, if you don’t already know a number of sisters. And from different communities, if you’re thinking at all about a religious life as a way of life, a vowed religious. If you don’t already have relationships with certain communities--from where you live, your parish, your school, your college, or something--then get to know a couple of different ones, different kinds of communities, to see if any of these seem particularly attractive, and get to know the sisters.”

    Music: Lhasa by Nic Bommarito
    For more information go to freemusicarchive.org/music/Nic_Bommarito/Harp_Fragments_1626/Nic_Bommarito_-_06_Lhasa

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  5. Community is of great importance for Sister Mary Catherine St. Martin, OP and her commitment as a Sinsinawa Dominican has allowed for continued growth and love amongst friends. In this film Alexa chronicles a regular gathering of her community that enriches their lives and inspires their spirit.

    “The number one greatest blessing was living with other sisters. Sharing community life with them, getting to know them very well, and then learning from them.

    We were just in this together, and we loved each other. So that’s been a great blessing to me. I’m learning so much from my other sisters. We were always recommending good books to each other, talking about the books you’ve read or talking about courses you’ve had, TV programs you’ve watched. That has been a great, great richness in my life.

    I would say it’s been a great ride. I’d do it all over again.”

    Playing Cards is a film by Alexa Harnagel about her experience with Sister Mary Catherine St. Martin, OP during the Spring of 2014 oral history project at St. Catherine University. Part of an ongoing project to support and promote the development of NationalCatholicSistersWeek.org

    Music by Josh Woodward - I Wanna Know (Instrumental)
    Find his work here: freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/

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A showcase of work produced by oral historians and the SisterStory production staff as part of the ongoing story of National Catholic Sisters Week (nationalcatholicsistersweek.org). A national campaign at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters.…


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A showcase of work produced by oral historians and the SisterStory production staff as part of the ongoing story of National Catholic Sisters Week (nationalcatholicsistersweek.org). A national campaign at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters. Who are Catholic sisters? What are their lives like? What impact have they had over the course of American history? What difference do they make today?

Our intention is to demystify religious life – the vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience, the experience of living in community, the desire to belong totally to God – by sharing the stories of Catholic sisters. We aim to connect sisters with young women and to share their impressions in an authentic, first-person 20-something voice.

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