Mother M. Borgia Egan, RSM, was recently named to the Erie Hall of Fame. She was a Sister of Mercy of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the founder of the founder of Mercyhurst College.
Oddly, the article announcing this honor notes Mother Borgia’s height. FYI, we are not told the height of any of the other four honorees. Why the reference to her height? Is that really the second most critical thing we must know about Mother Borgia? It just feels so novelty-esque.
Here are a few other descriptors that perhaps give us a bit more insight into the immense coolness of this Catholic sister (fortunately, the aforementioned article did include two of those listed below, albeit after the much more news-worthy mention of her height):
I like the fact when the workmen quit, Mother Borgia gave the paintbrushes to her nun’s to finish the job. Like our IHM sisters, those RSM’s really rock!
Interesting, isn’t it, how the media always seems to illuminate the “physical” aspects. I shouldn’t be surprised, I guess. Go Mother Borgia!
Sister Julie – I know you are particularly sensitive to the ways sisters and nuns are portrayed in the media. But, unfortunately, I think physical description is common to the portrayal of all women in the media. Consider the attention given to Michelle Obama’s height and where she chooses to buy her clothing. For myself, I choose to I think of Mother Borgia’s height as metaphor for her stature as a servant of God and community.
Women were just baby-makers way back when, and in some cases, that’s all some people think we’re good for.