In yesterday’s podcast (#31), I interviewed Sr. Cecilia Sehr, OP, and we talked about a wide variety of topics centering around the vocation of a teaching sister.  One of the most illuminating parts of the conversation was the sadness she feels about the aging of her order.  When she returns to the motherhouse, she related how her trip unfolds.  “We go to the graveyards to see our old friends.”

Have you ever wondered what life must be like for a religious sister?  We have a sense of false nostalgia in that we often have more affection for the sisters of the glorified past rather than the remarkable present.

Students of history often wonder what it would be like to live when history was happening.  This is one of those remarkable times.  We have heroic, dedicated, and talented teaching sisters in our schools now but the numbers are dwindling.  Many of them are in their 70s and nearing retirement.  Rather than focus on the way things used to be, we should be celebrating them, listening to them, and learning from them.

Sr. C has a lot of great insights to offer regarding her vocation, inculcating Catholic identity even as the religious sisters decline, and the struggles to become a master teacher.

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