Pray. Act. Be the Change.
" We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him…We need not wait to see what others do." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
These words written by Mahatma Gandhi have inspired many bumper stickers, memes and posters with the call to action: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." For more than a century, Catholic Sisters have worked to bring about a more peaceful, just and compassionate world. You are invited to join us as we continue to "Pray. Act.. Be the Change." Through sharing our stories, we hope to inspire and provide resources for you to "be the change you wish to see in the world." A new Catholic Sister story will be posted here every few days, with more stories available on our "Catholic Sisters in Action" page.
Featured Sister Story
Fountain of Youth
The seemingly quiet nature of convent life is interrupted daily by the chatter of little voices and the clanging of lockers as the youngsters at Mount Assisi Academy Preschool (MAAP) file in and out of school each day in the program that has been providing Christian-based kindergarten-readiness since 1980.
A sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of St. Francis, the preschool offers traditional classes for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as even younger children enrolled in the unique Almost 3 program, which provides an early introduction to socialization and the school environment for those just this side of potty-training.
After more than 60 years in religious life with the teaching order, Sister Rosalia Giba has amassed a robust resume of educational experience, including teaching and missionary experience in Slovakia and Chile. All that adventure brought her back to MAAP in 2014 to manage the preschool office. She coordinates student information, tuition payments and fundraising revenue. But her favorite part of her job is interacting with the children and their families.
“I am fascinated by the fact that they can learn so quickly,” Sister says of the preschoolers. “It’s wonderful to see how very happy they are when they themselves realize what all they have learned.”
Sister Eve Blostic too is synonymous with MAAP, having taught religion to every single preschooler in the program since the mid-1980s. That’s 32 years if you're counting! Her experience extends back even further, including teaching CCD in parishes and working with children with special needs.
She works alongside several lay teachers and aides with more than 100 preschoolers enrolled this year. In the classroom, Sister Eve most enjoys reading stories and teaching songs and fingerplays. “I enjoy watching the children develop in all areas and reach their full potential.”
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: To learn more about Mount Assisi Academy Preschool, visit www.mtassisipreschool.org or call 412-761-0381.
“Pray. Act. Be the Change” is a collaborative project of the the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council (CSLC), and made possible through funding from a $1,000 National Catholic Sisters Week mini-grant and donated space from Lamar Advertising. The project’s intent is to inspire others through increasing the visibility of Catholic Sisters as they continue to serve as leaders, collaborators and advocates for peace, justice and care for creation.
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