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Sister Ruth Marie Soens

Sister Ruth Marie Soens was born Dolores Soens on July 9, 1937 in Kenosha, WI. She is the youngest of six children: three boys and three girls. One of the girls – Ruth Marie – died at age 5 of scarlet fever, before Dolores was born. In 1957, Dolores took her vows with the Sisters…

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COVID-19 Rapid Response grants give Sisters a fresh start

As vaccines begin to roll out across the globe, people are looking to a fresh start.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear to the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart in Towson, Maryland that many of their Sisters did not have access to electronic devices that support Zoom or other online communication activities. They…

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Rapid Response Grants: The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, it changed almost every aspect of daily life at Camilla Hall, the convent home and health care center for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Malvern, PA. Staff and residents wore masks. Visitors and volunteers were no longer allowed to enter the building. As signs…

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Sister Beatriz’s Story

“I can speak for all the elder Sisters when I say that the new mini-van we have drives so smoothly and isn’t bumpy at all and most importantly we don’t have to worry about breaking down on the freeway!”

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Driving Sister Rosemary

“The help our community received from SOAR! to purchase a handicap accessible van has helped me deal with being dependent.”

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SOAR! donors keep Sisters warm

Last fall, the Sisters of the Monastery of the Visitation in Toledo, Ohio reached out to SOAR! with an urgent request. The boilers for the monastery, which controlled the heating system, were beyond repair. They needed a replacement before the cold winter set in.   Thanks to our donors, SOAR! was able to provide a $25,000…

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New wheels for the Good Shepherd Sisters

A van means the Sisters can get to medical appointments more easily and stay engaged in life.

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Thank you notes

Every summer after SOAR! awards grants, we receive stacks of thank you notes in the mail from grateful religious communities. Here are just a few.

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Benedictine Sisters at Benet Hill Monastery

On an ordinary day in April, the Benedictine Sisters at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, woke to discover their home had been broken into the night before.

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Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

The Sisters needed a new oil tank quickly – snow was in the forecast and temperatures were in the single digits.

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