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Sister Catherine Walsh is a Catholic nun, but she is like a sister to the people in her life, all of whom she treats like her own family. This documentary celebrates Sr. Catherine Walsh's life and ministry on the occasion of her 60th Jubilee of devotion to God in the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. Her ministry has taken her from Cleveland's inner city during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to El Salvador in the 1990s, and back to Akron. Following in the social activist tradition of Dorothy Day, seeing God in all people, Sr. Catherine is a Catholic Worker devoted to helping the poor and marginalized. In Akron, she advocates for immigrants and provides a home for those in need at the Catholic Worker houses she co-founded. This story focuses on Sr. Catherine, but it could be about any sister; any of the countless unsung heroes among us who quietly lead lives of devotion and service, and who choose to treat strangers like family.


’Sister' joyfully retells the many ways Sr. Catherine’s heart was broken open for love of others, borne out of love of God and Christ. This film offers an inspiring experience for any church, school, or family.

 - Jeff Campbell, Director, Catholic Commission of  Summit County,

Our faculty members who viewed the movie thought it was inspiring and enjoyed that Sr. Catherine met people where they were.

 - Jane Rafferty, Assistant Principal for Faculty and Student Formation, Walsh Jesuit High School

When most people think of prophets, they probably think of men like Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. I think of Sister Catherine Walsh. With a sense of stubborn and holy courage, the story of her life inspires us all to care more faithfully for our communities, especially those who are most vulnerable.” 

- Rev. Michael Howard, Minister of Faith in Action, United Church of Christ

The voice, courage, and life of Sr. Catherine Walsh are an inspiration to all who would call themselves followers of Jesus. I hope this film challenges viewers to learn from faith perspectives that are different from their own and challenges viewers to put their faith in action like Sr. Catherine Walsh.”

                                    - Will Jones, Council on Ministries, East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church

By the end of the movie I found I had not only learned about a little-known Saint, Sister Catherine, but came away with some burning questions about my own personal identity, my context, my comfort zone and fears. If you have the opportunity to see this movie, do. It is an experience so powerful it will stay with you for a long time to come.”                                                                   

                                                                                    - Rev. Kurt Wieser, Pastor, Grace United Church of Christ of Loyal Oak

‘Sister' is an action-inspiring demonstration of how one person’s pursuit for social justice can affect so many. Considering the times, this film is a heartwarming reminder that decency, hope, and genuine regard for others still exists.

 - Richelle Wardell, Program Officer, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Ohio

‘Sister' is one of the most inspiring films I have seen.   - Rev. John Beaty, activist, retired United Methodist minister

Sr. Catherine demonstrates how to put faith into action. The film ‘Sister’ challenges us all to do more. 

                                                                                              - Jean Kreyche, Catholic Worker and retired teacher

© Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine 2020