“I had no other desire than to be a nun,” says Sister Lucille Stelly, 89, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans.

Sister Joan Flores has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans for more than 60 years. She was born in Belize where her father was a teacher and worked alongside missionaries.

Thanks for the Smiles!

Recently, the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) team was delighted to photograph several senior religious from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

“Even at the age of six and prior, I remember being attracted to spending quiet time with God,” says Sister Mary Hope Doudard, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in San Antonio, Texas.

“I didn’t want to become a nun at all,” says Sister Theresa Hathaway, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. “I can only think that Jesus gave me a push!”

Sister Elizabeth Sohler is a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO). Her parish was a small mission, where the SSMO sisters taught catechism after Mass on Sundays. “Our faith was important to our family,” she recalls. Sister Elizabeth, born in 1931 in North Plains, Oregon, attended a one-room public school for… Read More »

“I have been devoted to [Saint] Martin de Porres since I was a child,” says Sister Ursula Marie George, who has been a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland for 75 years. “His simple lifestyle inspired me.” Born in 1926, Sister Ursula Marie was also inspired and nurtured by her parents’ deep faith. “My… Read More »

“I never thought I would be a sister,” says Sister Guadalupe Jumarang, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows in Beaverton, Oregon. “I had boyfriends; I was even engaged to be married at one point. These were good men, but I didn’t choose that life. Jesus had plans for me.” Born… Read More »