It may be Tuesday, but we’re always good for a bonus NUNDAY here at A Nun’s Life Ministry! Our friend Sister Catherine, OSM, a member of the Servite Sisters and Servants of Mary, from across the pond in the UK sent us a Nunday story of Olympic proportion!

Sister Mary-Joy Langdon, a Catholic sister belonging to the international community of the Infant Jesus Sisters, was a torch bearer for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Sister Mary-Jo participated in the Olympic Torch Relay as the torch passed through Acton in west London.

Sister Mary-Joy LangdonSister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a thing. In 1976 she became Britain’s first female fire fighter when she joined the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in Battle. In 1984 she joined the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, who themselves are celebrating their 350th anniversary this year.
 
**Image: Sister Mary-Joy Langdon / photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales) on Flickr. Click to see more photos of Sister Mary-Joy's adventure.

The invitation to carry the Olympic Torch has been extended to this ground-breaker for her energetic and inspirational work of running the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre for inner city children and young people with disabilities. Already an accomplished horsewomen, Sister Mary-Joy set up the Centre to provide riding and equine therapy opportunities for the disabled and inner city children. (Source: “Nun to Carry Olympic Torch for the Disabled” in Independent Catholic News, July 19, 2012)

We give thanks for the presence of Sister Mary-Joy at the Olympics Torch Relay and at her ministry with children, young people, ponies, horses, and the whole community! What a beautiful witness to the Gospel!

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