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Yankton Benedictine and MMC Student Attend the Launch Event for National Catholic Sisters Week

Published Date3\14\2014
Sr. Bonita Gacnik, OSB and Mount Marty College student, Rachel Shippy, from Colome, SD, attended the launch event (March 7-9) for National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. NCSW has introduced the second week of March as part of National Women's History Month to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. NCSW recognizes past and present sisters, from the movers and shakers pressing the front lines of social change to the faithful praying in cloistered chapels. More than 100 sisters and students from throughout the United States attended the weekend event.

Reflecting on this experience, Ms. Shippy said that she was blessed to have spent the weekend with so many amazing women. "This experience gave me a lot of perspective and even more respect for women religious. I was able to learn so much about the history of the impact these women have had on our current society. I loved hearing the sister's stories and how society’s view and opinion of them and their life is definitely not as accurate as it should be."

Sister Gacnik commented, "This conference is a watershed event for the Catholic sisters of the US. Each of the activities was rich with accurate and stimulating information. Having so many young women present was exciting and encouraging. St. Catherine's is to be commended for their vision. It was exciting to be a part of the launch activity initiating an annual event recognizing sisters and their stories."

Stories of Sisters from Sacred Heart Monastery have been featured on line at www.yanktonbenedictines.blogspot.com.