August 28, 2007 |
TEN YEARS ago, Princess Diana's life was taken tragically in a tunnel in Paris. Hundreds of millions would watch the memorial. But then, as the world wept over Diana, the news arrived that Mother Teresa had died of cardiac arrest. The irony was that while the world mourned the princess they conferred sainthood upon, they overlooked the real saint. Now, 10 years later, concerts and articles are honoring the princess' life, but less is remembered about the nun. The death of Diana has been intensely scrutinized, when instead we would have been better served examining the life of another.
February 13, 1987 |
The first thing you should know about Maria Pares is that she is a basketball coach. The second thing you should know about her is that she is a nun. "Officials expect me to be sweet," said Pares, who is in her first season at the helm of the Marquette University women's program. "Wrong. I'm Greek and Sicilian, so there is some hot blood running in me. I'm from the Lou Carnesecca school of coaching. I throw some tantrums, get intense. There's no halo effect. " Sister Maria, whose role model is, of all people, Indiana's volatile Bobby Knight, has been coaching basketball for 14 years.
March 21, 1987
Sister Ann Colleen Dougherty has been having trouble with motion sickness lately. First, a lawyer offered a motion that Sister Ann and other nuns be prevented from wearing their habits in a Philadelphia courtroom, because it might prejudice the jury. Then the judge withdrew from the case, rather than rule on that motion. Next, lawyers motioned for a gag order to keep Sister Ann from talking about the case. The good news is that the new trial judge has heard of the U.S. Constitution, and refused to issue the gag order.
April 7, 1992 |
When it was written in 1923, The Madman and the Nun was regarded as an outlandish piece of avant-garde theater, unappreciated by audiences and most critics. The playwright, Stanislaw Witkiewicz was, it turned out, a forerunner of the theater of the absurd and decades ahead of his time. To contemporary audiences familiar with the plays of Beckett and Ionesco and accustomed to the frankness of modern theater, The Madman and the Nun's crazy situations, insane-asylum setting and none-too-discreet sexual liaison between a lunatic and a nun seem neither particularly avant-garde nor outrageous.
May 5, 1995 |
The jury didn't believe the 71-year-old nun. Sister Norma Milton, of Summer Street, had insisted that Kelvin Kimble, 37, of Wilton Street near Vine, was the man who forced his way into her home and beat and robbed her on Dec. 16, 1991. "There is no doubt in my mind," Milton testified. "He's the man that did it. He was in my house for 10 minutes. " "Even a nun can be mistaken, or even lying for that matter," defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. argued before Kimble's acquittal yesterday.
April 17, 1988 |
A New York City man arrested Thursday in the Bronx was awaiting arraignment here yesterday in connection with an attack on a nun at a North Philadelphia convent. Ernest Ortiz, 20, who listed a Bronx address, was arrested by police there and charged with being a fugitive from Philadelphia in connection with the assault Tuesday at St. Henry's convent in the city's Hunting Park section, police said yesterday. On Friday, Ortiz waived extradition on the charges and was returned to Philadelphia early yesterday.
August 7, 1988 |
Forty percent of Hispanic students drop out of high school before graduating. If Sister Mary Consuela were in their shoes, she would do the same. "If . . . nobody could understand me and nobody cared for me, I would drop out as soon as I was 16," said Sister Mary Consuela, who directs the Center for the Teaching of the Americas at Immaculata College in East Whiteland Township. Since its founding 21 years ago, the center has been active in cross- cultural education, helping Hispanics learn about the United States and aiding citizens of this country learn about Latin American nations, Hispanic cultures and language.
June 4, 1992 |
Sister Paula Marie Buley inspects Immaculata College's library construction site with project manager Bill DiAddezio of Gaudet Associates. Sister Paula Marie is the one in the hard hat and habit. As vice president for financial affairs, she oversees construction and works with foremen.
November 11, 1999 |
The nun chose a vow of silence. At a court hearing yesterday, a 62-year-old nun, reportedly beaten Halloween morning by her 32-year-old nephew because she was cleaning with a dog-hair-ridden mop, declined to testify against her kin. Instead, Sister Marie Troilo sat outside the courtroom of District Justice Ester Casillo while a West Norriton, Montgomery County, police corporal testified that when he arrived at the family home on Clinton Road,...
April 15, 1992 |
Her "smokers' rights" platform includes legalizing marijuana. Her education program includes revitalizing 4-H clubs. And her energy-conservation plan includes clotheslines. Caroline P. Killeen is running on a low-tech, "back-to-the-'40s" campaign for president of the United States. A longtime bicyclist, Killeen, 66, wants to establish bicycle lanes across America. Playing to the long-standing incompatibility between bikers and runners, Killeen says the country needs a cyclist president because it already has a jogger.