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National Catholic Sisters Week takes Center Stage in St. Paul

A book discussion of Power of Sisterhood will be held Sunday, March 8 at St. Catherine University.
A book discussion of Power of Sisterhood will be held Sunday, March 8 at St. Catherine University.
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The second annual National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will be held March 8-14, 2015 in conjunction with National Women’s History Month to shine a spotlight on the profound impact Catholic sisters have made across the country. St. Catherine University, NCSW national headquarters, will host two free events, open to the public, on its St. Paul campus:

  • “Rooted in Love: The Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang”
    Saturday, March 7, 1–2:30 p.m.
    The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

    Sister Dorothy Stang’s legacy is alive, thanks in part to Sister Nancy Murray, OP, whose one-woman portrayal of the martyred sister captures her courage and conviction.

    Sister Dorothy Stang clutched her Bible and began reciting the Beatitudes when two gunmen blocked her path on a dirt road in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon. They had been hired to kill the 73-year-old Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, whose bold advocacy of impoverished farmers and rainforest preservation had landed her on a hit list of wealthy Brazilian landowners. The gunmen shot Sister Dorothy six times and left her dead.

    While this event is free, tickets are required. Call 651.690.6700 to reserve.
  • Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation
    Sunday, March 8, 1–3 p.m.
    Coeur de Catherine, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor

    Join a book discussion with author and editor Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, PhD, and authors Patricia Walter, OP, PhD, and Jean Wincek, CSJ, EdD, as they share their experiences and discuss the newly published book. The book is a written account of the Vatican’s four-year examination of Catholic sisters, describing the experience of some of the women who participated in the process.

    This discussion is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.

To learn more about NCSW, visit

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National Catholic Sisters Week 2015 takes place March 8–14

Feb. 18, 2015 by Christina Capecchi

See also: Catholic Identity, Social Justice