Schwan: The power of prayer

The Perpetual Adoration Sisters in Sioux Falls.
The Perpetual Adoration Sisters in Sioux Falls.

Regardless of your faith, or if you profess one, it is worth stopping this holiday season at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Go in the parking lot off Summit Avenue north of Sixth Street, walk in the back door, and go through the door on your right.

Inside, you’ll find the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And facing away from you, kneeling, will be one of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters

You can pray as she does, if you choose, or you can simply sit and watch. I promise you will feel an effect.

I first met sisters with this order of nuns in 2002, when they moved to Sioux Falls from Coscomatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, with the help of Bishop Robert Carlson. I still remember my Spanish cobbled together with their English as we put a news piece together about them.

A lot has changed since then, as I quickly found out when I was invited to their home one morning a few weeks ago.

Sister Angelica greeted me and we met for a while in their front sitting room to talk about how the order has grown in Sioux Falls.

There now are 11 sisters, which means the house where they are living on the cathedral’s campus is feeling pretty crowded. Some sisters are living two or three per cell, Sr. Angelica explained.

“We call them cells, but we have to change the name, because it sounds like a prison,” she said, laughing.

“We need more space. Even though we are a cloistered life, we are trying to do the best we can. But when you are living in a house that is not a monastery, we cannot live out our life as it should be.”

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