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Sister Margarita Gallardo, SJS

Sister Margarita was born in San Juan de los Lagos Jalisco, Mexico in 1948 into a loving family with 12 brothers and sisters. Sister Margarita entered the convent at the age of 16, and she remembers the exact moment she felt that call to become a Sister. She remembers jokingly sneaking into the convent as…

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Sister Clare Chabot, OSF

Frances Chabot was born in Pass-A-Grill, Florida. As a child, Frances came to know and love the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in Central Falls, Rhode Island where they were her elementary school teachers at St. Joseph School. She spent countless fun-filled afternoons helping the Sisters clean the church and was delighted on days she could also…

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Sister Marie Frechette, MSBT

At SOAR!, we recently enjoyed meeting with Sister Marie Frechette, a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity in Philadelphia, on a ZOOM call. We talked about her vocation, ministry and the work she presently does for her community. Throughout her life, Sister Marie has always been a woman of service to…

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Sister Rita Petrarca, ASCJ

Sister Rita Petrarca, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, Connecticut, shared the story of her life in ministry with SOAR!. The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have always been a part of my life.  They were my teachers in both elementary and secondary school, and their…

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Sister Jeanette Zielinski, OSF

Recently, SOAR! met with Sister Jeanette Zielinski, a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio to talk about her vocation. Sister Jeanette Zielinski was born in 1935.  She felt the call to become a Sister at an early age. “The Sisters were full of such joy and happiness. They were always kind to each other…

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An Interview with Sister Canisius Hansberry, OSP

Born in Washington, DC in 1937, Sister Canisius Hansberry first met the Oblate sisters of Providence when she was in school. While she was at a camp at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, the Sisters encouraged her to consider becoming a Sister and she entered the order in 1956. Sister took some time away around…

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An interview with Father Conrad Schmitt, S.T.

Recently, SOAR! spoke with Father Conrad Schmitt, a priest and Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Conrad always knew he wanted to be a priest. He also knew he wanted to be a missionary, and part of a religious community. “There was a vocation club,” he recalls, “and each month a different religious…

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Sister Barbara Blackman, SU

As a child, Barbara Blackman always thought that she might become a Sister. In 2022 as she celebrated her 70th Jubilee as a member of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New York, she looked back on those early days and knew that her thoughts were not her own rather…

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Follow Up with Sister Maria Elena Whitney, SJS

After 70 plus years as a professed member of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Sister Maria Whitney (previously featured in 2016) continues to be an inspiration, bringing happiness and joy wherever she goes. Her sense of humor and her ability to tell a story make her a sought after member of the community….

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A Visit with Sister Theodosia Lukiw

Sister Theodosia Lukiw has been a member of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, a Ukrainian Catholic religious order located in the outskirts of Philadelphia, for 73 years. SOAR! shared some of her story in a blog post a few years ago, and we decided to catch up with her. “Sister…

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