If you’re a student at St. Joseph’s College, you’ve probably interacted with a Sister one way or another, be it in the classroom, in the hallways or during community service events. But how much do you really know about these Sisters outside of their roles at the College? Chances are, not that much.
In honor of 2018 National Catholic Sisters Week, which ran March 8-14, SJC hosted a number of events honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph. Students were encouraged to learn more about these inspiring women by taking part in the events, celebrating the lives and contributions of Catholic Sisters. During a “Speed Dating with the Sisters” ice cream social on March 12, students and alumni got the chance to interview some of the Sisters who work at SJC Long Island.
“The Sisters are essential to the success of our college — they wear so many hats,” said SJC Long Island student Tatiana Belanich. “From professors to event coordinators, they have their hands in a lot of different projects. I think it’s important to learn about the Sisters because they have so much wisdom and experience to share. They live out their vocation with such beauty and enthusiasm and are an undeniable source of inspiration.”
S. Jane Fritz, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science ; S. Karen Donohue, C.S.J., assistant dean of academic affairs; S. Patricia Manning, C.S.J., M.A., assistant professor of art; and S. Suzanne E. Franck, C.S.J., Ph.D.; gathered for ice cream and some chit chat about their journey to Sisterhood.
Assistant director of Alumni Engagement Lisa Galasso ’08, ’13, interviewed the Sisters.
“There are a variety of stereotypes that most people have about Catholic nuns,” Galasso said. “None of these are even close to the truth. Nuns love to laugh. They are compassionate. They love to watch “The Blacklist” and reality TV. They’re brilliant women who love and respect any individual. The Sisters of St. Joseph’s are just like us.”