SisterStories ‘An Eye-opening Experience’
From L to R: S Victoria Marie Indyk, Kate Dekoski, Caitlin Dickinson, and SM Honorata Grzeszczuk
SM Honorata Grzeszczuk, S Victoria Marie Indyk, Madonna University student Kate Dekoski and Felician College student Caitlin Dickinson participated in the National Catholic Sisters Week Inaugural Weekend Conference at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, from March 7-9.
Women religious and student representatives from sister-sponsored colleges all over the United States traveled to St. Catherine’s to learn about SisterStories, an oral history project that will collect the stories of 150 religious sisters over the next three years and place them in an internet archive. Acclaimed broadcast journalist and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien hosted the kick-off event that was followed by a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn in St. Catherine’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel.
Both the conference and SisterStories are sponsored by the Hilton Foundation in order to further the presence of religious communities in mainstream American culture.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the variety of women religious in this United States and to learn about their huge, often forgotten contributions to America,” said Caitlin Dickinson. “It was a very eye-opening experience for me.”
The conference also stressed the need for a greater presence of religious women on social media. “We hope that the project raises awareness of religious vocations for young women who are discerning.”
The celebratory week seeks to honor Catholic sisters’ contributions, both past and present. It also connected college-age women with women religious to build relationships and foster a better understanding of an often-misunderstood vocation.