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May 23, 2013

It was the last day of school before students at Cor Jesu Academy started their final exams. The girls had gathered in the gymnasium to receive awards at the annual Honors Convocation. But before they finished, they had one more important task to accomplish.

One of their teachers, Sister Colleen Mattingly, was preparing to leave the school to make her perpetual profession with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this August at her community's provincial headquarters in Hamden,...

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,...

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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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