Most of our teaching Sisters are now retired, but a handful continue out of love for the students. Sister Mary Josephine Torborg continues as Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at The College of St. Scholastica. She also is part of the team planning and implementing the annual ecumenical Youth Theology Institute. Every July, high school students encounter the voice of God in scripture, nature, and community. Students are paired with Sisters who give them an open ear and listen to their story.
In an impoverished neighborhood just north of Chicago’s ‘Loop’, Sister Arlene Kleeman and Sister Lois Ann Glaudel help bring people out of poverty one family at a time.
They teach at two Catholic academies with many students from Nigeria and Ghana. With the help of friends in a wealthier parish, they provide the students with proper clothing and school supplies. Their families, who arrive in Chicago unequipped for a cold climate, receive warm clothing, blankets, furniture – whatever they lack – to help them settle in their new home. The young people learn English quickly and flourish in the supportive environment. Many of them go on to graduate from college.