Born September 5, 1934, Sister Barbara Hawken—a member of the Sisters of the Living Word in Arlington Heights, Illinois—vividly remembers her first teaching assignment. The year was 1955, and she was given a class of fifty-six first graders.

“For the first ten minutes of teaching, I was terrified. I thought this was God’s revenge,” said Dominican Father George Reynolds, laughing. “Then I loved it!”

Approaching her 79th birthday on December 30, Sister Gemma Pepera describes herself as “active pre-retired.”

Benedictine Brother Anselm Allen is one of more than 35,000 senior religious who benefits from the Retirement Fund for Religious.

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