First National Catholic Sisters Week Launches
The inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will launch March 8-14, 2014, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., as a part of Women’s History Month. The celebratory week seeks to honor Catholic sisters’ contributions both past and present. It will also bring together young college-age women and women religious to build relationships and foster a better understanding of a vocation that is often misunderstood.
Kick-off events for NCSW include a panel discussion entitled “Sister Stories: How Did I Know?” hosted by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien followed by a Eucharistic celebration in St. Catherine’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Other events will aim to engage college age women in discussions about religious life and the use of social media to promote personal women religious narratives and information about the vocation. Students from St. Catherine’s will participate by gathering oral histories from sisters. The work will create relationships among sisters and college-age students and preserve the unique stories and contributions of many sisters.
The NCSW is the first project of a larger three-year effort called Sister Story, an initiative made possible by a partnership between St. Catherine University and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.