She entered religious life thinking skills she'd learned on the soccer field and volleyball, basketball and tennis courts would have to stay on the sidelines. Then came the boys and girls of St. Michael School in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
When Sr. Madeleine Miller tried to substitute teach two years ago at Norfolk Public Schools, she was told they'd love to have her — but she couldn't wear her habit.
"Really?" the Missionary Benedictine sister replied. "Tell me more."
A 1919 state law backed by the Ku Klux Klan and other anti-Catholic groups barred teachers from "religious garb" in public schools. It had never been challenged.
But it didn't sit right with Miller, whose religious community in Norfolk encouraged her to try to change the law.