Standing in the hallway of Our Lady of Victory School as students scurry to their classrooms, Principal Linda Petrey watches 105 years of history come alive. “The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur put their hearts and souls into this place, and you can feel it,” the educator explains
SPENCER, Mass. (CNS) -- The whoosh of the beer tap opening, the gentle glug of the golden brew pouring into the goblet, and the sizzle of the foaming mousse are joyous sounds to Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo's ears as he prepares to savor the signature ale created in his monastery's brewery.
The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur are best known for educating thousands of North Texans in schools from Waco to Wichita Falls, but the religious order’s unseen and unnamed deeds of love and mercy extend far beyond the classroom.
Each week in our diocese, God works through eight religious sisters to perform a modern day loaves and fishes miracle. Instead of feeding thousands of hungry bodies, these eight women feed the minds, spirits, and souls of thousands of Hispanic Catholics.
The more Sister Patricia Ridgley studies the history of her order, the greater her respect grows for the five Sisters of St. Mary of Namur who left the security of their Belgium motherhouse for the perils of the New World.