Sister Ellen Sinclair, SDS Milwaukee, Wisconsin I was motivated to become a lawyer because I saw it as a way to work for justice. As a Salvatorian I still work for justice. As a pro bono attorney I help clients navigate a system that is too complicated and many times seems weighted against them. I…

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By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota One of the many things I love about teaching is being immersed in mini-celebrations of “national/ international- whatever month/day/week.”  Just in March, we’ve got: National Invasive Species Awareness Week…. International Waffle Day….  National Noodle Month…  National Banana Cream Pie Day… National Introverts Week… National Button…

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By Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDSDesert Mission – Tucson, Arizona Greetings from Casa Alitas.  Due to the large numbers arriving at the Immigration Center at Casa Alitas, and because COVID-19 requires greater distancing between our guests (immigrants), we are using another facility called the “Hotel” for overflow when guests need to stay with us for awhile. The…

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Hello once again from Casa Alitas, whose staff continues to welcome all in spite of Covid’s contagious variants, new compliance protocols, need for “fashionable” protective clothing, and a new, but necessary, designated area of isolation.

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By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS My friend Betty and I celebrated an historic moment: completing the two COVID vaccines. Our celebration? Making donuts! SHE made the donuts and I “supervised” and taste-tested! Then, we put them out in the hallway in baggies for neighbors to help themselves. It was a simple and fun way to celebrate…

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By Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDS in Tucson, Arizona On arrival at Casa Alitas this morning, revitalized with eager anticipation, I met and saw over 20-30 volunteers energized in a flurry of transformative work  ̶  shifting work stations; reorganizing, relocating and redesigning a clothing shop; stocking supplies; readying guests’ rooms and living spaces for adults and children;…

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By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Kids watch a lot of TV. And often it is on in the background, all day long. This morning, during Reading Meeting, one of my kids (8-, 9- and 10-year-olds) asked about the situation in Washington, DC. He wanted to know why there was so many angry people. We talked…

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By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Keyapi. (Kay-YA-pee) That’s how traditional stories start. It’s not “once upon a time,” but rather, “It is said.” It places the story in this time, as well as that. After all, time is a human invention, and most indigenous cultures do not see “time” as something arrayed upon a line of…

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As Salvatorian Sisters continue to age in wisdom and grace in the year 2020, each shares advice to her 20-year-old self to celebrate her birthday. Remember the prayer mom taught us to pray to our guardian angel when we were young. Don’t forget to talk to him often. He is your constant companion and there…

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By Sister Patrice Colletti Headline:  The Dakotas report single-day records for new virus cases on Saturday: more than 370 in North Dakota and more than 420 in South Dakota. Of course, that’s still tiny compared to what people in New York or California or Arizona or Florida have suffered. But, when one’s entire town is smaller than my entire high…

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