Sister Joel Urumpil: A Profile

Sister Joel Urumpil: A Profile

My Life Story I, Chinnamma was born on February 20, 1944 to Mathai and Mariam Urumpil in a small parish called Thodanal, Kottayam District, Kerala State. We were eleven children in our family – seven boys and four girls. My parents lost two sons before I was...
Sister Barbara Spencer: An Interview

Sister Barbara Spencer: An Interview

Sister Barbara Spencer was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 31, 1935. Her given name was Bobbie Spencer. She was the second of three children with an older brother, Doug and a younger sister, Dot. Barbara’s mother Ruth had also been born and raised in Tupelo. As...
Sister Dorothy Mae Wilson: A Profile

Sister Dorothy Mae Wilson: A Profile

I was born June 1, 1928 in the extreme western part of Kentucky, Carlisle County, which borders the Mississippi River, three miles west of Fancy Farm, on state highway 80. My parents, Joseph Leslie and Beatrice (Cissell) Wilson, married November 9, 1921 having only...
Karuna Thottumarickal: A Profile

Karuna Thottumarickal: A Profile

The memories/moments of my life and service in the community and mission I, Mary John, was born into a God fearing Catholic family on February 18, 1941 in Kalloorkad, Ernakulam district, Kerala state to John Thottumarickal and Annamma John. We belonged to Ernakulam...
Sister Mary Stephen Breznay: An Interview

Sister Mary Stephen Breznay: An Interview

(The remarks of the interviewer are in italics. In this story, Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Evelyn Margaret’ and her religious name ‘Stephen’.) In 1931, Mary (Palencar) Breznay was taking care of the church linens at St. Michael’s parish in...
Sister Rose Andrew Waller: An Interview

Sister Rose Andrew Waller: An Interview

My father, Andrew Waller, was born in Bavaria, Germany on November 20, 1872. My mother, Emma Jacob, was born in New Middletown, Indiana on January 1, 1889. In my family there were five girls and two boys. In birth order, my oldest sister, Marie, became a Sacred Heart...
Sister Bridget Kappalumakal: A Profile

Sister Bridget Kappalumakal: A Profile

Bridget Philip was born on January 26, 1937 in Mutholy Panchayat, Meenachil Parish in Kottayam District, Kerala, to Philip Joseph Kappalumakal and Annamma Chacko VechiyanickalI as the seventh of eleven children. We were nine girls and two boys. In order of birth they...
Sister Mildred McGovern: An Interview

Sister Mildred McGovern: An Interview

Mildred Helen McGovern was born on March 31, 1932 in Hawesville, Kentucky. Her parents had twelve children, nine girls: Mary, Martha, Imogene, Anna Catherine, Rita, Generose, Ruth, Marie, Agnes, and three boys: Philip, John, and Bernard. The family lived on a farm in...
Sister Teresa Xavier Ponnazhath: A Profile

Sister Teresa Xavier Ponnazhath: A Profile

My life journey began in a large family of seven children, in a village called Olathala, in the district of Alleppey in Kerala. My father was a simple, humble, loving, God-fearing man and was known for his stand for truth and justice. Whenever there was a quarrel,...
Sister Barbara MacDonald: An Interview

Sister Barbara MacDonald: An Interview

(Barbara MacDonald, SCN, formerly known by her religious name as Sister Anne Clement, is now ninety-four years old and living at Nazareth. Her quiet, gentle presence and ever-present smile is a gift to those who greet her. This is her story as told to Therese Arru,...
Sister Paula Merrill: A Profile

Sister Paula Merrill: A Profile

Paula Julie Merrill was born on October 17, 1947 in Stoneham, Massachusetts to John Vincent Merrill and to Rose Marie Wolfert Merrill, both from South Boston. Paula was the youngest of three children. John Vincent and Rosemarie, her older siblings, say with a twinkle...
Sister Rosemarie Lakra: A Profile

Sister Rosemarie Lakra: A Profile

Born on September 15, 1937, in Sirsi village and Katkahi parish, in Ranchi diocese and district, I, Celestina Lakra, am the fourth child of my father, Patras Lakra and mother, Louisa Xalxo. We were seven girls and one boy. In the order of birth they are Albertina,...
Sister Grace Mary Whittaker: An Interview

Sister Grace Mary Whittaker: An Interview

My parents were Charles James Whittaker and Winifred Ellen Clohisy Whittaker. My father was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and was a foreman for Haverhill Boxford Paper Co. My mother was born in Groverland, Massachusetts and was a stay at home mom. After my youngest...
News from the Marie Menard Committee

News from the Marie Menard Committee

Last week, the Marie Menard Oral History Committee (MMC) gathered in the Archival Center for their summer meeting. Named for the Community’s first historian, Sister Marie Menard, the MMC was created in 1999 to gather the treasured stories of our Sisters’ lives. It is...
Sister Dolores Ann Therasse: An Interview

Sister Dolores Ann Therasse: An Interview

I was born on July 9, 1931 in the small town of Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, to Ann Shovlin and Raymond Therasse, the youngest of four children. I have two brothers, Donald and Raymond and one sister, Jeanmarie. After the 1936 flood, we were forced to move to Aliquippa,...
Sister Lisa Polega: An Interview

Sister Lisa Polega: An Interview

Sister Lisa Polega is transferring her vows from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Living Word to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Nazareth, Kentucky. (The remarks of this interviewer...
Sister Roselyn Karakattu: A Profile

Sister Roselyn Karakattu: A Profile

Born on February 6, 1947 (the year of India’s Independence), in Ramapuram, Kottayam district, Kerala, I, Kuttiamma, am the third child of Mani (Panackal) Karakattu and Thresiamma Mani. I was baptized as Elizabeth at St. Augustine’s Church, Ramapuram. My...
Sister Jacinta Patrick: An Interview

Sister Jacinta Patrick: An Interview

(My comments, Mary Gene Frank, SCNA, will be in parentheses and in italics.) On October 14, 1932, Dorothy Marie Patrick, was born to Pauline Krysten Patrick whose birthplace was Czechoslovakia and Joseph Patrick whose native land was Austria. She grew up in Johnstown,...
Sister Patricia Ann Worley: An Interview

Sister Patricia Ann Worley: An Interview

I, Patricia Ann Worley was born on June 4, 1933 in Roanoke, Virginia. My parents were Alvin Russell and Ella O’Brien Worley. I had two older sisters, Betty (Mrs. James Gill) and Martha (Mrs. Vernon Brock). My mother and father divorced when I was five years old....
Sister Marie Chantal Flowers: An Interview

Sister Marie Chantal Flowers: An Interview

(This life story of Sister Marie Flowers was written after several visits with her in 2016. She was bravely battling the cancer that would take her life in October 2017. At the conclusion of her story, which she herself read and approved, I have included the remarks...

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