Students, Sisters of the Holy Cross take a leap of faith with oral history project

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Monday 20, January 2014 | Category:   Consecrated Life
SISTER JANE Frances Reus, C.S.C.,
and Saint Mary’s College student participants
in the faith sharing oral history project of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
In her Intro. to Communication Studies course, Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN), assistant professor of communication studies Marne Austin, Ph.D, challenged her students to "engage directly with their communities" with an oral history project assignment.

Austin's assignment was simple: One or two students would be paired with a Sister of the Holy Cross (the congregation's motherhouse is on campus) and meet five times over a five-week period to get to know one another, collect oral histories of the sisters’ faith experiences, and create a video archive for the College and the congregation.

Read the full journey here of how this "class project evolved into eye-opening, intergenerational experiences of faith sharing and friendship for both the undergraduate students and the sisters, most of whom are age 70 or older."

I have a feeling this getting-back-to-basics oral history project will effect these students as well as the Sisters of the Holy Cross community of Indiana for the rest of their lives.

Are you challenged to do your own oral history project now, like I am?

Final thought: recently the Pope on his Twitter account @pontifex reminds us: “No elderly person should be like an “exile” in our families. The elderly are a treasure for our society.”

#challenged #oralhistory #eldelyaretreasures

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