Sister Sunita Vayalipara: A Profile

Sister Sunita Vayalipara: A Profile

Born on October 29, 1946, in Poonjar I was baptized as Aleykutty on November 11, 1946. My nickname is Achamma. My father, Thomas Vayalipara, was the eldest of five children. His father died at a young age due to illness. Thus he became the head of his family and had...
Sister Bridget Vadakeattam: An Interview

Sister Bridget Vadakeattam: An Interview

Gathering Memories: I sing praises to God, my family and SCN Congregation for who I am today. I came from a Syrian Catholic family who were proud of their Christian faith inherited from Saint Thomas, the Apostle. We lived in a village and have an agricultural...
Remembering Sister Mary Lynn Fields

Remembering Sister Mary Lynn Fields

Mary Lynn Fields was born on April 24, 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the second child of Charles Leo Fields and Catherine Elizabeth Eiler Fields. They eventually had ten children, seven daughters ; Patricia Anne, Mary Lynn, Paula Jean, Karen Lee, Jane Ellen,...
Remembering Sister Norma Alexander

Remembering Sister Norma Alexander

(Note from the interviewer: I am Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN. One day Rita Spalding, SCN, told me that Mary Assumpta Dwyer, SCN, had told a beautiful story about Norma Alexander, SCN, at the dinner table. Would I be willing to follow this up and write Norma’s story?...
Sister Anne Marie Thayilchirayil: A Profile

Sister Anne Marie Thayilchirayil: A Profile

Born on February 7, 1938, I am the third child of my beloved parents, P.J. (Panthapad Joseph) Joseph and Mariamma Cherian. We belong to the Holy Cross Forane Church, Pazhayangady, Changanacherry Diocese, Kerala. We were eight children growing up together in a happy...
Sister Peggy Voglewede: An Interview

Sister Peggy Voglewede: An Interview

Margaret “Peggy” Ann Voglewede was the second of nine children of Thomas J. and Ella Vivian Sheldon Voglewede. She was born on September 30, 1941 in Hampton, Virginia. Peggy had five brothers and three sisters, Kay Ellen, James Edward, Joseph Paul, Michael Edward,...
Sister David Clare Reasbeck: An Interview

Sister David Clare Reasbeck: An Interview

Jo Ann Reasbeck was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 26,1931 to Clarence and Clare Isabelle Reasbeck. There were ten children in the Reasbeck family, six of them girls: Mary Virginia, Lucille, Angeline, Stella, Doris Jean and Jo Ann. Two of the boys died in...
Sister Olive Pinto: A Profile

Sister Olive Pinto: A Profile

The Pinto family welcomed me into the world on September 17, 1943, the fifth of nine children. I was born in Mangalore, Karnataka and baptized as Olive Mary Pinto at St. Sebastian’s Church in Bendore. Our family moved to Mumbai after two years since my father was...
Sister Teresa Margaret Bransky: An Interview

Sister Teresa Margaret Bransky: An Interview

Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Anna’ and her religious name ‘Teresa Margaret’ in this story. Anna Rose Bransky was born on August 31, 1921 in Leckrone, PA. Stanley and Susan (Honeygosky) Bransky had eight children. In order of their birth they were...
Sister Patricia Haley: An Interview

Sister Patricia Haley: An Interview

(The remarks of the editor are in italics. Sister Patricia Haley, “Pat”, holds the distinction of being the first Sister of Charity of Nazareth who can claim African American descent. She was an honored and cherished member of the SCN Community as well as a religious...
Sister Stella Kaiparampatt: A Profile

Sister Stella Kaiparampatt: A Profile

I came from a traditional, Catholic family in a village called Mookkanur in Kerala, South India. I grew up in a joint family with my grandparents, uncles, aunts and many cousins. I am the eldest of ten children. Three of my younger brothers were born after I joined...
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,...

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