Travel Journal
  • From the CSJs in Saint Paul, we continue on to the second half of  this double-header road trip, to Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Familiar faces greet us at the Motherhouse. Some of Sister Maxine's grade school and high school teachers are here, as is her aunt Sister Anne Marie, a PBVM for over 75 years!
  • Many thoughtful questions and comments in the chatroom for our podcast guests, Sister Annette and Sister Carmen, such as "Even though I'm not a nun, How can I draw on the tradition of religious life to help discern my major life commitments?" 
  • We stay overnight with the sisters, and after morning prayers and breakfast, we refill our coffee mugs and begin the eight-hour trek back to Toledo.

Photo Highlights

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Podcast Guest Nuns

L: Sister Annette Kestel is a pastoral associate at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hiawatha, Iowa.

R: Sister Carmen Hernandez is the director of La Luz Hispana, which offers educational opportunities and aid in navigating social service agencies for Hispanics in the Hampton, Iowa, area.

About the Congregation

Mission Statement: We, the Sisters of the Presentation, are Catholic women who dedicate our lives to God through evangelization, prayer, service and hospitality. Our way of life is based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We share in the vision of our foundress, Venerable Nano Nagle, who dared to dream of a better world for the poor, sick and uneducated of Ireland. We commit ourselves to the empowerment of women and children. We reverence and celebrate all creation as gift. We commit ourselves to confronting injustice and working for peace.