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October 01, 2014

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.

Since her arrival at Holy Infant School in 1964, Sister Rosario has witnessed the booming growth of this vibrant suburban parish and school. First as a teacher for 15...

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.
February 27, 2014

The Little Sisters of the Poor stay grounded in the knowledge that they are carrying on the work of their foundress.

In 1839 St. Jeanne Jugan, a poor 47-year old working woman in post-revolutionary France, shared a small apartment with a friend. They took in an infirm, blind, elderly neighbor who had been left alone when her sister was dying in the hospital. Soon they began caring for other elderly, and girls from the neighborhood joined in providing care.

With no money, St....

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February 26, 2014

Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.

The young man who was the pitcher let an underhanded toss soar. Katie swung and made contact, driving in a run for the Little Sisters of the Poor residents' team. Applause erupted in the open-space auditorium.

"She's 96 years old," exclaimed a gentleman sitting in a chair, with his walker at his side.

The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence is a special place,...

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

The Little Sisters of the Poor operate their St. Louis Residence on the northside of the city. The Supreme Court last month issued an order affirming a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act against them. The sisters have expressed concern about the impact on their ministry but continue their ministry, seeing Christ in the elderly they serve. Sister Jean Dwyan laughed with Martha Spurgeon in the hallway of the St. Louis Residence, which serves about 110 people.
February 26, 2014

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.

But this is no ordinary group, explained the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. These women are part of Giving Voice, a community of women religious primarily in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The group provides a setting in which younger women religious -- many of whom might be among the few younger vocations in their own...

October 09, 2013

Rising before the sun can break through the darkness of night, the Discalced Carmelite nuns wake to the sound of a loud wooden clapper and a voice calling them to communal prayer with the words, "Praise be Jesus...

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

A photographic portrait of St. Therese of Lisieux was taken by her blood sister, Celine Martin, who was also a Carmelite Nun at the Carmel of Lisieux in France. The photograph was in a side chapel at the Carmel of St. Joseph where the small wooden writing desk belonging to St. Therese of Lisieux has was made available to the public to view.
December 12, 2012

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

"Julia" tried to stop drinking, but she couldn't do it on her own.

The wife and mother (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) started her addiction with alcohol years ago as...

November 27, 2012

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charisms here and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

Sister Mary Pat Rives in on her third career, but it's possibly the one that's had the widest impact.

For more than 20 years, the Sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart has served as a full-time school...

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org

Sister Mary Pat Rives, RSCJ, demonstrated how a solar oven is used. She lent one to the Kindergarten class at Oak Hill School in Frontenac. Students were going to learn how to cook and dehydrate fruit using the oven.
October 10, 2012

It is apparent that Sister Luellla Dames' love for liturgical chant is deeply rooted in her heart.

The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon first introduced her to chant as a student at Assumption School in O'Fallon in the 1940s.

"Our sisters had a wonderful background in liturgy and chant," said Sister Luella. "Of course back then, we were singing in Latin."

After grade school, Sister Luella entered the Precious Blood community — located just across the street...

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September 20, 2012

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

A visible sign of God's love often is evidenced in the promotion of human dignity. And that's exactly what the Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word embrace as their charism.

That's the same charism...

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org

Sister Helena Monahan, CCVI, right, congratulated freshman Kelly McKinney after she was awarded the Mission Model prize during a ceremony at Incarnate Word Aacademy earlier this year. Sister Eileen O'Keeffe CCVI, center, also received a Mision Model award from the school. Sister Helena recently was named the second president of the all-girls Catholic high school in Bel-Nor.
September 05, 2012

Even the saints had to start somewhere.

Is it possible to achieve holiness in any state of life? For those who follow the Salesian way of life, the answer is yes.

Drawing upon the spiritual traditions and teachings of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, two 17th-century saints from France, Salesian spirituality is known as a way of life that challenges its believers to embrace the ordinary, small ways of their lives in an effort to achieve greater holiness.

It'...

Sister Jane Scaria of the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate visited with Jane Hackett during a home visit after Mass at St. Matthias the Apostle Parish in Lemay Sept. 2.
August 29, 2012

 

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

When St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier founded the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in France in 1831, she envisioned the contemplative community as a “powerhouse of prayer.”

That description holds true...

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org  Sister Mary Therese of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd prays quietly in the community chapel which they open to the children at Childcenter Marygrove.
August 07, 2012

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

 

Sister Janice Marie Klein remembers the time when she was shopping in a local store. A young boy, about 6 years old, approached the red-habited Redemptoristine and asked with a wide-eyed...

Lisa Johnston | lisajonston@archstl.org  

Redemptoristine Nuns pray the liturgy of the hours in the chapel of their cloister in Ligouri.  Sister Janice Marie Klein, Sister Mary Helena Aquino and Sister Barbara Armstrong sat in their choir seats together.
August 01, 2012

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

As Sister Serena Downs bends down to greet one of her youngest friends, a long silver chain dangles from her neck. Attached to it is a pendant of a heart with a cross that pierces the top. It's the crest...

Sister Serena Downs, ASC, the site director of the Guardian Angel Child Development Center waved to children playing outside July 19.
July 25, 2012

This is the first in a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

As the rythmic chanting of afternoon prayers begin, the Poor Clare Nuns have a serene calmness about them, despite praying in a chapel without air conditioning.

On this 100-plus degree day,...

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org.  
Nuns from the Poor Clare Monastery in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are celebrating 800 years since the birth of Saint Clare of Assisi.
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