Women religious

Nun Buddies: SSNDs and Notre Dame High students forge special friendships through partnership

Allison Moser exchanged the sign of peace during Mass with Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, Oct. 22 in the chapel at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay. Moser is a junior at Notre Dame High School. Students spent Foundation Day with their “nun buddies,” the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The sweet treats at Christmas and the handmade blankets are just a few of the perks, but the lasting benefit of the Nun Buddies program at Notre Dame High School are the friendships between students and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The all-girls private Catholic high school initiated the program about seven years ago as a way of pairing students mainly with about 80 School Sisters of Notre Dame who live and/or work at the community's motherhouse in Lemay. The program is unusual in that the school and motherhouse are located on the same campus.

Sister Rosario Delaney celebrates 50 years at Holy Infant School in grand style

lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto To the cheers of the school children, Sister Rosario Delaney was escorted into the gymnasium at Holy Infanct by Associate Pastors Father Thomas Vordtriede and Father Don Anstoetter.  A performance by the school, as a tribute to sister, included a short play of her life with a rendition  of "Haily Holy Queen" by all the teachers dressed as nuns.  Sister Rosario Delaney came from a small village in Ireland 50 years ago to teach school at a country town near St. Louis. The area is now bustling suburb and home of Holy Infant Parish and school.  They rejoice at the vibrant way sister teaches the Catholic faith.  A Mass to honor her years at the school was held in the school yard and was celebrated by many archdiocesan priests who attended her school as well at the main celebrant, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, another product of the Parish.

On a visit to the Shrine of Knock in Ireland, Sister Rosario Delaney made up her mind to enter the convent with the Sisters of Mercy in Drogheda. She was prepared to go where God was calling her, but little did she know that it would involve moving to a little country parish thousands of miles away in Ballwin, Missouri.

Real-life 'angel' brings spirit of charity to agency's efforts

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Sister Annalee Faherty; D.C.; has been working with the poor at Guardian Angel Settlement Association for 58 years.; Her order; the Daughters of Charity; began the association as an orphanage for young immigrant girls.; They have now evolved into an agency serving children; teens; families and older adults.; The agency's child devlopment center on N. Vandeventer Avenue takes care of children for low income parents who are either working or studying and prepares the youngsters for kindergarten matriculation through exploratory learning. She was surrounded by children celebrating their "senior week" as they are ready to graduate in a few days to kindergarten. Sister reacted when the children excitedly said she had the same eye color as they did.

Sister Annalee Faherty opened the door to the classroom and stepped inside. The children jumped up, eager to greet her and tell her about what they have been doing. Soon, she was high-fiving several of them. At the urging of their teacher, Rosemary Bourrage, the youngsters let out a loud cheer for Sister Annalee.

Lovers of the Holy Cross embody love for Christ crucified

Five sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phat Diem made their perpetual religious professions at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in south St. Louis. The community came to the Archdiocese from Vietnam by invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who was the principal celebrant of the Mass attended by many friends, family, parishioners, priests and religoius. The five religious are Sister Teresa Din Thi Cuc, Sister Maria Vu Thi Diep, Sister Tran Thi Khuyen, Sister Maria Nguyen Thi Thuy and Sister Anna Vu Thi Thuyen.

Five members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phat Diem, Vietnam, made their perpetual religious professions last month at a Mass at Resurrection Church in south St. Louis where the sisters have established a convent. The parish primarily serves the Catholic Vietnamese community.

Catalyst for change in East St. Louis makes things happen

Sister Carol Lehmkuhl, OP has been a religious for 50 years and ministers in East St. Louis as director of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center. Sister Carol has worked the last decade with the poor, transforming a blighted neighborhood by slowly building new houses. Teaching skills of homeownership is an important element and a key to the sucess of the mission. She talked with a neighborhood helper, Sarah Hyde.

When Sparkill Dominican Sister Carol Lehmkuhl came to the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood, its most prominent feature was a big house with drug-dealing and prostitution. Dilapidated, abandoned homes dotted the landscape.

It wasn't a place where you'd want to be.

Now, the area outside what once was the rectory of the former St. Adalbert Parish is a neighborhood of new homes for low-income families. The streets are clean, and the drug-dealing and prostitution are for the most part gone.

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Opera featuring Martyrs of Compiègne reveal beauty of prayer, sacrifice

Christine Brewer (center) as Madame Lidoine with the nuns of Compiègne in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2014 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites.

The Discalced Carmelites make a profession of four vows: poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure.

But for a group of 16 Carmelite nuns who lived during the French Revolution in the 18th century, a fifth vow of martyrdom, professed privately within their community, became a necessity.

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