Sister M. Georgine Bires: An Interview

Sister M. Georgine Bires: An Interview

(I met Sister Georgine for the first time, June 21, 2016, when we had our initial meeting for her interview. My comments, Mary Gene Frank, SCNA, will be in parentheses and in italics.) Sister uses a wheelchair and is on oxygen support all the time. Early in the...
Sister Martha Discher: An Interview

Sister Martha Discher: An Interview

Interviewed by Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola, 2016 My father, Louis J. Discher, was of German background. He, his father and his brother created a store on Market St. in Louisville, Kentucky, called “Geher and Son”. Eventually, the whole family was involved in this...
Sister Agnes Mary Deley: An Interview

Sister Agnes Mary Deley: An Interview

Sister Agnes Mary on August 15, 1951, the day she entered the novitiate Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, June 21, 2016 John C. and Anna E. Deley were born in Slovakia in Eastern Europe where John was in the European Army. They married and their first daughter was born on...
Sister Miriam Walter Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Sister Miriam Walter Celebrates 70th Anniversary

See more photos. Sunday, March 26, was a day of joy and surprises for Sister Miriam Ann Walter, SCN, as she celebrated 70 years of religious life. Mass for her intentions was offered at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, Kentucky. Sister Rochelle Marie...
Sister Charlotte Gambol: An Interview

Sister Charlotte Gambol: An Interview

(Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Leona’ and her religious name ‘Charlotte’ in this story.) Sister Charlotte Gambol feels close to Mother Catherine Spalding because they share a very similar childhood. Like Mother Catherine, Charlotte lost her mother...
The Calling: Becoming a Sister late in life

The Calling: Becoming a Sister late in life

By Kacie Goode | The Kentucky Standard Flowers one of Nazareth’s newest SCNs Sr. Marie Flowers described herself as a “church nerd” growing up. “I had always been very involved in the church,” she said. “I sang in the choir for 20-something years” and could recall...
Sister Maria Cecilia Emanuelli: An Interview

Sister Maria Cecilia Emanuelli: An Interview

My father, Louis Emanuelli, Sr. was born in northern Italy on November 23, 1894. He grew up there near the Alps Mountains where he sometimes played running up and down those mountains. He had four sisters and was the youngest and only brother. At age eleven, after...
Sister Marita Pozek: An Interview

Sister Marita Pozek: An Interview

The remarks of this interviewer are in italics. At the top of the page of Sister Marita Pozek’s short autobiography which I used for reference, she had written ” Nothing happens by chance.” As I left her apartment and her gracious hospitality, I found myself thinking...
Sister Rita Jo Hancsak: An Interview

Sister Rita Jo Hancsak: An Interview

August, 2016 – Sister Rita Jo Hancsak (formerly S. Mary Dorothy) (Sister Rita Jo’s story has been reproduced from her autobiography written in 2008 and a video interview done by a niece of Pat McKim, SCNA, given in July, 2013. Consolidation of the two sources...
Helping mothers survive

Helping mothers survive

If Sister Jessie’s dream comes true, no mothers will die during childbirth in Shorapur Taluka of Yadagiri District in India. In one of the poorest districts of north Karnataka, Jessie Saldanha, SCN, spends days and nights working toward this goal as the head of a...
Sister Rose Marie Dobyns: An Interview

Sister Rose Marie Dobyns: An Interview

Written by Sister Rose Marie with guidance from Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola I was the third girl of five children born to Benjamin Franklin and Besse Janes Dobyns on November 8, 1930 in Mexico, Missouri. When I was seven years old our brother Ben Jr. was born, and...
Serving people with joy

Serving people with joy

A poster read, “Do you love God enough to serve His people with joy?” To a young girl, this question stuck. Now, Alice O’Connell, SCN, serves people in one of the poorest counties in Pennsylvania. She does so with her compassionate presence. She does so joyfully....
Sister Mary Patricia Brennan: An Interview

Sister Mary Patricia Brennan: An Interview

Interviewed by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN On April 1, 1923, a chubby baby girl was born to Laurence Vail and Magdalena Noll Brennan. One week later, this auburn-haired child was baptized Catherine Esther at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Covington, KY. She was named...
Sister Barbara Makar: An Interview

Sister Barbara Makar: An Interview

Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Small towns are charming places for shopping and socializing; but also for growing-up. It is no longer true today since office buildings have taken over and the stores moved to the large malls. Back in 1930, I was born on a 50-acre...
Sister Depaul Zluky: An Interview

Sister Depaul Zluky: An Interview

(The remarks of the interviewer are in italics. Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Pauline’ and her religious name ‘DePaul’ in this story.) On December 20, 1920, Emro and Pauline (Cibula) Zluky welcomed their newborn daughter Pauline, named for her...
Sister John Loretto Mueller: An Interview

Sister John Loretto Mueller: An Interview

April 24, 2016 Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Loretta Mueller was born to John and Loretta Dumler Mueller on May 6, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was baptized on May 22, 1927, the feast of Saint Rita. Loretta made her First Communion and was confirmed on her...
Sister Mary Elaine Zehnder: An Interview

Sister Mary Elaine Zehnder: An Interview

On being asked by Paschal Maria Fernicola to share some of my life-story, I’m happy to respond. On May 27, 1931 in Louisville, KY, I was born to Olivia Madden and Joseph Jerome Zehnder, Sr. Coming before me were Joseph, Jr., Mary Ann, Larry and Evelyn, then following...
A lifetime of devotion, decades of craft

A lifetime of devotion, decades of craft

Sister Alice still makes crafts to support mission after celebrating 100th birthday By Kacie Goode | The Kentucky Standard Sitting in a large blue chair in the corner of her room at Carrico Hall, Sister Alice Teresa Wood worked calmly on her favorite craft — crocheted...
Sister Mary Kenneth Hrbal: An Interview

Sister Mary Kenneth Hrbal: An Interview

(Comments of this interviewer will be in italics. Sister Mary Kenneth had a one page autobiography that I used as reference and starting point for her interview. Our meeting was delightful and I learned many interesting customs and stories about her life and...
Sister Sister Annamarie Pavlik: An Interview

Sister Sister Annamarie Pavlik: An Interview

June, 2016 | Interviewed by Sister Maria Vincent Brocato, SCN (The remarks of this interviewer are in italics. There was an earlier, shorter autobiography of Sister Annamarie that was very good for reference. As we visited and shared, I began to appreciate the many...