One of our Sisters recently published a book and two other Sisters have been honored in separate publications:
Sister Christine writes book on spiritual aging
Sister Christine Kresho, author of several spiritual books, has published a new book, “Second Childhood: Aging into Divine Relationship.”
The publisher, Visual Dynamics, provides the following description of the book:
“Contrary to popular opinion, our second childhood can start at any time of our life. Sister Christine dispels the definition of old age as a time of mental frailty and foolish infatuations to a time of new delight and contentment. She explores Scripture’s call and its promise to grow into a time of new joy and a fuller life in God. She invites us to integrate the virtues of children into our adult way of life, invite maturing wisdom, and to become fully alive in a world in need of an everywhere, all embracing, unifying God.”
Sister Christine, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Grace Church in Silver Spring, MD, offers presentations on growing spiritually, focusing how one images God.
In an email to Sister Christine, a parishioner wrote:
“Between those two covers is a spiritual road map that, in every chapter, offered (me) a compelling and loving journey into our ‘Second Childhood. . . ‘. Your compilation of irresistible, joyous evidence and your absolute, faith-filled certainty of a ‘deeper relationship with our Divine lover’ will start the music for many in their ‘dance with the Creator.’
Sister Donna Marie Beck’s contributions to the world of music therapy are chronicled in “Making Music: The History of Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music.”
“The Mary Pappert School of Music provides musical education that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices; and, in promoting the relationship between theory and practice, prepares professionals who will be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century,” reads the back cover of the book.
Authors Dr. Joseph F. Rishel and Helen K. Rishel refer to Sister Donna Marie as “a driving force” behind Duquesne’s Music Therapy major.
Sister Donna Marie says she appreciates the effort to document the school’s history and innovation.
“I had a wonderful career full of enriching and enlivening experiences,” says Sister Donna Marie.” I’m proud of the efforts of my students and I try to keep track of where they are and what they’re doing.”
Sister Donna Marie, Professor Emerita at Duquesne, is a Life Time Achievement Award winner of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Upon her retirement at Duquesne, she was inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni.
Sister Grace Marie Herrle is honored that Father Richard Infante named a fictional character after her in his new book, “Last Priest Standing.”
Sister Grace Marie received a copy of the book containing a handwritten note from Father Infante, saying, “I hope you enjoy reading the stories in my book. I’ve intended the collection to be a hopeful exploration of the priesthood, the sacraments and our Church. I think you’ll appreciate the name of the nun in the title story.”
The fictional book features seven stories that touch on each Catholic sacrament. In the title story, “Sister Grace” cares for a dying Vietnamese priest who is a beloved teacher and friend.
“I have great respect for Father Infante and am honored to be ‘named’ in the book,” Sister Grace Marie says.
Sister Grace Marie ministered alongside Father Infante at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township. For 14 years, she visited homebound parishioners and coordinated parish programs and outreach. She cherished each opportunity to “be present” in prayer and in conversation with parishioners.