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Stand up Sisters to be presented March 14

 


When some people think of nuns, they think of strict and scary women.

Catholic sisters today are more often women of courage, faith, and charity. Standup Sisters is a media project highlighting the contributions of these women by giving them a stage to tell their stories.

Standup Sisters’ first event is 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at St. Sylvester’s Church in Brentwood.

“While some girls may walk away from this event inspired to become a sister, perhaps others in the audience will be inspired to start a garden, or to reach out to a refugee family,” says Jennifer Szweda Jordan, a veteran journalist who’s producing Standup Sisters.

The storytellers are:

Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD. She holds Duquesne University’s Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations in the School of Nursing. She was named a living legend by the Academy of Nursing in 2009.

Sr. Mary Clark. Sister Mary is a longtime English teacher, Hospice and parish minister, a playwright, and a big public radio fan.

Sister Barbara Einloth is one of five women leading the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity, giving particular attention to issues of social justice. She grew up in the Allentown neighborhood parish now known as St. John Vianney.

Sister Barbara Boss heads the Seton Center, providing innovative child and adult care, and performing arts programming. She’s doubled as a beautician for her sisters every Saturday for the last 30 years.

Jane Strittmatter, director of public relations for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and mother of four daughters.

This event will be recorded for audio and video podcast distribution. Standup Sisters is supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as part of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14.

Created to honor women religious, NCSW events instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of sisters.

 

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