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From Olympic Speedskater to Nun

February 17, 2010

A great story about a woman who went from Olympic speedskater to Fransiscan Sisters.  Here is an excerpt from Yahoo Sports.

Twelve years ago at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, a 17-year-old speedskating prodigy named Kirstin Holum was tapped for future greatness….“It is funny now to think of how different my life is now,” she said. “I had the wonderful privilege of being able to compete as an Olympian, and now I am blessed to able to serve God and help those less fortunate.”After completing an art degree, including a thesis on the Olympics at the Art Institute of Chicago, Holum joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, a faith whose mission is “work with the poor and homeless and evangelization.”

Based first in New York, Sister Catherine and her fellow nuns stepped onto the mean streets of the Bronx to work with some of the Big Apple’s most underprivileged children in areas steeped in gang culture. Such work and sacrifice in homeless shelters and soup kitchens gave her a deep-rooted sense of satisfaction that skating had never been able to provide.   Read entire story here.

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Thomas February 19, 2010

Kristin you inspire, all of us practicing catholics, that a life of holiness is feasible, in the modern world. And even more to show the willpower, to sacrifice all the fame and glory for Thee

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