Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans is a frequent contributor to the Global Sisters Report, and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners, Christian Century, and media outlets like The Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. She resides in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, with her family.
When nativist powers like the Ku Klux Klan and the Oregon governor confronted the religious community of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in the 1920s over schools, the ensuing case set the precedent for how children are educated in the U.S. today.
The story of Catholic sisters was that of the rise of American Catholicism writ large: immigrants confronted with suspicion and resentment who ultimately succeeded in not only integrating themselves into American culture but leaving an indelible mark on it.
For Catholic sisters, as for many others in America and across the globe, it's been a brutal year. Isolation. Disrupted schedules and forced adaptation. Dark nights of the soul. Loss. Global Sisters Report talked to sisters about grappling with deep spiritual questions.
There's no cutting corners in Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Alice Hess' math classes, her students say. But if they do the work, they add, this memorable teacher's faith in them seems boundless.