Women religious

National Catholic Sisters Week celebrates vocations

Sister Sarah Heger is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and works as a teacher and interim principal at Marian Middle School in St. Louis. The Catholic school is the only all-girls middle school serving urban adolescent youth in the St. Louis community.

Every January, Sister Sarah Heger meets with a group of friends at a retreat center in Arizona for a fun weekend of relaxation and prayer -- and a few games of kickball.

A Church without religious sisters is 'unthinkable,' pope says

VATICAN CITY -- A Church without religious sisters would be "unthinkable," Pope Francis said, honoring the contributions consecrated men and women make to the Church and society.

"Every consecrated person is a gift to the people of God on pilgrimage," he said Feb. 2, reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square. The pope had just finished celebrating Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which the Church marks as the World Day for Consecrated Life.

Yadi, Cardinals get A+ from favorite fan

Sister Madelene Reiners, CPPS, is a super St. Louis Cardinals fan. She wore a Cardinals jersey that the team had made especially for her and also sported her replica 2011 World Series ring. She is in the Precious Blood Sisters’ motherhouse in O’Fallon.

Her favorite Cardinal is Yadier Molina. Sorry Timothy Dolan, but the all-star catcher tops even her favorite Church cardinal. She never taught Cardinal Dolan, but did teach both St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and Bishop Robert J. Hermann when they were youngsters.

Obituary | Sister Caroleen Hensgen, SSND

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 21 at St. Teresa Church in Chatawa, Miss., for Sister Caroleen Hensgen, a School Sister of Notre Dame who was the first woman to be appointed superintendent of schools for a Catholic diocese in the United States.

Sister Caroleen, an educator for 60 years as a teacher, administrator and superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas from 1967-91, died from cancer Oct. 15 at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa. She was 98. A memorial Mass is being planned in Dallas in November.

Retired religious reaches out to others

Sister Paula Patrice Michaud, right, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is retired from her work as a teacher and hospital worker with the order. She walked with Margie Campbell, a friend who works in dining services at the facility.

Sister Paula Patrice Michaud soon will be age 88 and will celebrate 70 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

She doesn't rest on her laurels though, and now volunteers to work part time at the front desk of the sisters' motherhouse in south St. Louis, "greeting the dear neighbor" as she calls her efforts to assist callers and visitors.

From behind the scenes, Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver provide critical support for the missions worldwide

Sister Margaret Peramangalath of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver prayed in the convent chapel.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver often find themselves compared to the hidden roots of a tree. Their work largely goes unnoticed, but what they do bears much fruit, especially for missionary efforts around the world.

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