Travel Journal
  • Thurs., Nov. 15: We stopped for a quick visit to the beach near the airport before heading back to Toledo. Warm sand and water, and a few jellyfish too. It was a smooth flight home and we have lots of good memories from our time with the sisters and students!
  • Weds., Nov. 14: Had an awesome podcast with Sister Mary and Sister Guerline today! We were joined in the room by students from Villa Madonna Catholic School in Tampa, and online by students from Miami and from Morrero, Louisiana. Lots of great questions from the students! 
  • Tues., Nov. 13: The snow on the trees is beautiful as we drive to the airport in early morning. We arrive in Tampa a few hours later--84 degrees and palm trees. Tb2G! This afternoon, we meet the Salesian sisters and set up the podcasting equipment at Villa Madonna Catholic School. 

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Podcast Guest Nuns

LEFT:  Sr. Mary Jackson was born in upstate New York, one of five children. An amazing conversion experience led her to a religious vocation. She found the Salesian Sisters online. Sr. Mary professed her vows 12 years ago. On that day, she realized that God's dream and her dreams were a perfect match. Currently ministering as the principal of Villa Madonna Catholic School in Tampa, Sr. Mary is passionate for Jesus and young people. She can be found in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the chapel, always with the young. Her prayerful and energetic way are fueled by her relationship with Jesus. On a daily basis, she works with parents and their children, as they celebrate life and grow through difficulties that life presents.

RIGHT: Sr. Guerline Joseph was born in Haiti and grew up in New Jersey. As a child, she desired to be many things, including a flight attendant, a restauranteur and a professional athlete. At the same time, she always had a heart of service for others. She connected with the Salesian Sisters through a vocation magazine called VISION ( and since then has found fulfillment in her relationship with Jesus through her mission with young people. Currently, Sr. Guerline, who is seven years professed, spends her day ministering to hundreds of young people, teaching them dance and hanging out at the Salesian Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club after school. She enjoys running, cleaning, and celebrating birthdays.

About the Congregation

Mission Statement: We are Salesian Sisters, consecrated women in the Church, who live and pray in community. We express our radical love for Christ and serve young people in joyful simplicity and a family spirit. We commit ourselves to the new evangelization of youth.