An oral history project at St. Catherine University is an unique first-person archive that documents, in an academically rigorous way, the intersection of housing insecurity and higher education, an experience far more common than it may seem. It was developed by Louise Edwards-Simpson, a history professor at the university, with the help of Sr. Amata Miller, a member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Liliana Gomez is just the kind of person the organizers of the National Catholic Sisters Week conference on discernment hoped to attract: passionate about her faith and social justice, and open to the idea of religious life as a future path. Gomez was one of about 60 students and sisters who attended the NCSW kickoff conference March 6-8 at St. Catherine University. Its theme of discernment seems tailor-made for her, with its focus on learning how to negotiate a direction when two paths are equally attractive.
Catholic sisters have always gone to minister where the people are: they’ve crossed prairies and oceans, entered slums and prison cells, healed the sick and taught children, prayed with and counseled those discerning big decisions. In today’s global culture linked by digital media, the people instead can come to the sisters, especially Srs. Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, whose brainchild, A Nun’s Life Ministry, is an online gathering place for thousands of users from all over the world.
By March 8, International Women's Day, more than 160 women had arrived on the wintry campus of St. Catherine University here for the first National Catholic Sisters Week.