Called to make visible the love of our
good and provident God

Becoming a Sister

Profiles in Ministry: Sister Kathleen McDonnell, SND

I became interested in adult literacy as a ministry when I looked for an alternative to high school teaching. At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, a program where friends and family members share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al‑Anon program to their individual situations, many women said since joining the…

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Profiles in Ministry: Sister Dean Pfahler, SND

Ever since I got my first pair of glasses at age 12, I knew I had been missing way too much.  Distinguishing one leaf from another on trees was just the first eye-opener. From then on, life became one revelation after another.  I didn’t want anything to elude me: not the intricacies of the natural…

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Sisters are Like Onions

by Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin, originally written for The Messenger Growing up, one of my favorite movies was “Shrek.” I loved Donkey’s character and his banter with Shrek. Beyond the silliness, which made it a very relatable movie, there were good images and lessons. One of my favorite scenes is when Shrek is trying to…

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