PITTSBURGH__Catholic sisters are a passionate and powerful, if little known, force in the conservation movement. On March 8, five sisters share their inspiring and joyful stories–from raising bees to dining on donated roadkill–at the free public event Standup Sisters: Green Habits.
“Decades before Pope Francis published Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home in 2015, sisters were harvesting solar and wind power,” says Jennifer Szweda Jordan, a longtime environmental journalist and producer of Standup Sisters. “I’m thrilled to help share the stories of these dedicated and delightful women from western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin.”
This event is part of National Catholic Sisters Week and International Women’s Day. St. Thomas More Church is hosting Standup Sisters: Green Habits and a post-story reception, in its Family Life Center at 126 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. The event begins promptly at 7 pm and ends at 9 pm. Michelle Kardos, music minister for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, will play the piano.
- Sister Rejane Cytacki, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (KS) and director of the Racine (WI) Dominicans’ Eco-Justice Center.
- Sister Elise Mora, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Providence of God, has woven environmental lessons into her Spanish teaching. She jokes that people might run when they see her coming because of her varied practical suggestions to save resources.
- Sister Barbara O’Donnell, of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, is the driving force behind the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. As an educator with youth and adults, she focuses on spirituality and ecological sustainability.
- Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, Director of Grounds & Eco-Projects at Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden. Sr. Lyn is a certified beekeeper and the “co-star” of a book written by a child she influenced, “Barbee the Bee Visits Sr. Lyn’s Beehives.”
- Sister Agnes Therese Davis, of the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. Sister Agnes works in the convent kitchen, where she goes to great lengths to prevent food waste by serving her sisters roadkill, beef hearts, and whatever else is donated to the community.
Standup Sisters is supported by National Catholic Sisters Week and The Paulist Fathers, as well as individuals Danelle Ardell, Jenny Briggs, Annmarie Fatula, Mike Hren, Maryann Jordan, Emily Lippert, Sue Freeman, Rosemarie Perla, and anonymous donors. To support Standup Sisters, visit our fiscal sponsor New Sun Rising or inquire about sponsorship packages by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.