Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives

Edited by John FeisterBook 129 pgs.
Trade Paperback

Publisher: Franciscan Media (2013)
ISBN: 9781616365325


John Feister is editor-in-chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine and other periodicals at Franciscan Media. He is coauthor, with Charlene Smith, F.S.P.A., of the Christopher Award-winning Thea's Song: The Life of Thea Bowman, and has cowritten four books with Richard Rohr, O.F.M.: Radical Grace: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr; Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount; Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety; and Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality.

Feister has interviewed and written about celebrities from Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, Iran hostage Terry Anderson, Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A., Helen Prejean, C.S.J., actresses Susan Sarandon and Roma Downey, Cardinal Roger Mahony, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. He holds a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of Dayton, and masters degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati in humanities and theology.


"Since the Vatican started its investigation of women religious in 2009, American Catholics have rallied around the sisters, applauding their work on the edges of church and society. Feister, editor-in-chief of St. Anthony Messenger, adds to chorus of praise with this compilation of essays, a response to the investigation’s April 2012 report. Together, the Feister’s goal: to show women religious as compassionate, generous, joyful, faithful, and prophetic—“heroic examples of Christian living.” The essays that stand out tell sisters’ stories rather than listing their qualities and achievements. While most feature sisters whose service is unknown outside their communities, highlights include the essays on anti-death-penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean (of Dead Man Walking fame) and Sister Dorothy Stang, murdered for her activism in the Brazilian rainforest. A surprise comes in a priest’s tale of how three sisters taught him how to preach—despite not being able to preach themselves. As Feister hopes, the book will spark Catholics of a certain age to recall the women religious in their lives and spread an appreciation for sisters’ influence in society." - Publishers Weekly, Reviewed on 01/11/2013

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Since the April 2012 announcement of the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, there has been considerable media attention focused on Catholic Sisters.

The first report, and the consequent naming of bishop-oversight and guidance of LCWR for the next five years, has resulted in an outcry of support for U.S. religious sisters from much of the Church, and a concurrent outcry of support for the Holy See and criticism of sisters from other parts of the Church. There has not been much reliable analysis of this reaction yet: Is it liberal-conservative? Young or old? Neither is the point of this book.

Thank You, Sisters highlights the positive impact that sisters have had on a cross-section of Catholics. It steps back from finger-pointing and position-taking and simply tells inspiring, true stories of Sisters and the people they have influenced. The book shows the effect religious women have had not only on the U.S. Catholic Church, but on the nation as a whole, in areas such as health care, education, social justice, and pastoral ministry.

The contributors to this book are prominent Catholics who write from a wide range of experience. They include: James Martin, S.J. Cokie Roberts Mary Fishman— producer of Band of Sisters Adriana Trigiani Binka Le Breton, on Amazon martyr Sister Dorothy Stang Maureen Orth Liz Scott, on Sr. Helen Prejean Teresa Gardner and Sr. Chris Kenney Maurice Nutt, C.S.S.R. on Sr. Thea Bowman Teresa Wilson on Sr. Joan Chittister Dan Horan, O.F.M.

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