Sisters in the News
Sister’s unlikely vocation leads to lifetime of service
by Joe Towalski, The Catholic Spirit
January 29, 2014
Last September, Sister Mary Madonna Ashton retired as the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ delegate for religious.
While she enjoyed her job in support of consecrated life and as a liaison for Archbishop John Nienstedt, the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet decided that, after three years in the position, it was time for someone else to take over.
“Last August, I wrote to the archbishop and said I think it’s really time for me to retire,” she said.
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Betty McKenzie: locked up for peace
by Anne Hamre, Minnesota Women's Press
September 22, 2014
Call her a late bloomer: She took up peace activism in her 50s. But from that point on, Betty McKenzie - Catholic nun, ex-convict, humble thorn in the side of the military-industrial complex - participated with an open heart and matter-of-fact resolve.
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Nun, 100, calls prison ministry the best thing she's ever done
By Julie Carroll, The Catholic Spirit, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
January 19, 2011
Sister Mary Mark Mahoney grew up on a farm in Minnesota, taught grade school for 35 years, and helped start a house of prayer in Stillwater. But it wasn’t until the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet retired at the age of 84 that she discovered her greatest passion. When Sister Mary Mark spotted an ad in National Catholic Reporter asking for volunteers to correspond with death row inmates, she thought to herself, “I could do that.”
And so began a prison ministry that has lasted 16 years and counting.