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  • I was a “hardliner” in 1967 about the habit. The community sent a seamstress around to the missions and she asked for mine. “I’m not ready,” I said. “I’ll wear my long habit with the modified veil.”

    “No," she said. "You’re going to give me that habit and I’ll make you a jumper.” And that’s what she did.

    The next day I went into my first grade classroom in a jumper with a white blouse. The kids all came running and put their arms around me and said, “Oh, Sister!” I didn’t ask them anything. We just commenced with class.

    Based on the oral history of Sister Suzanne Helmin (1912-2011), a Benedictine Sister with the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Photo of Sister Suzanne with her class before the change in clothing. From the Archives of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota.
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