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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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Sister Marie de Paul Carter, SSJ

Sister Marie de Paul Carter professed her final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Buffalo in 1965. She describes herself as “a dedicated teacher among dedicated teachers.” Her ministry of special education to young children allowed her to play a significant role in their development. Her rich experience in education includes The St….

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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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Sister Julia Costello, DMJ

Sister Julia Costello, DMJ, of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, recently shared a reflection on her life with SOAR! My life as a Daughter of Mary and Joseph began when I entered our Irish Novitiate on August 15, 1948. There were six in our group; now we are four….

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Sister Rosemary Bertels, OSB

Sister Rosemary Bertels, OSB, of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica recently shared her story with SOAR! I grew up in a faith-filled home with good, faithful parents. I was born and baptized on Easter Sunday. Much later, I learned that the pastor told my father that I would become a nun. The Sisters’…

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Spreading God’s Mercy Far and Wide – an interview with Sister Grace Yip, SDSH

SOAR! recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Sister Grace about her years in religious life as a member of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart in California. Read the interview below. What attracted you to become a Sister? I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and I was baptized at about…

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Sister Marian Bandille, mfic

Sister Marian Bandille, a member of the Community of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, shares her story in her own words. Her community in Tenafly, New Jersey received a 2020 grant for $25,000 to replace windows.  

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Sister Carla Hernandez, OSBM

Sister Carla Hernandez, OSBM worked in education for more than sixty years before retiring. She possesses a unique perspective as a native of Central America who joined a Ukrainian Catholic monastic community, the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, near Philadelphia.

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