A new play, “Sisters of Peace,” will be performed on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN.
“Sisters of Peace” tells the story of, Jane, Brigid, Kate and Rita McDonald four Catholic nuns and real-life sisters “...who take to the streets to stand up against injustice with plenty of singing, Irish humor, and several stops in jail along the way,” according to the publicity of the Minnesota History Theater. The play was first performed on January 14, 2018 at the History Theater in downtown St. Paul
The O’Shaughnessy performance is sponsored by Carondelet Village, a joint ministry of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Chapter (CSJ). It is supported in part by funds awarded to Carondelet Village by PHS to create a “Liberty Dream” for its residents.
Anne O’Connor, Carondelet Village Campus Administrator, saw the original performance of “Sisters of Peace” at the History Theater. “I was deeply moved by the story of the sisters and wanted to bring the play to the residents of Carondelet Village where Sisters Rita and Kate live,” she said. Anne contacted Ron Peluso, the play’s director. “He responded within an hour and has been remarkable in making this happen,” she said.
The McDonald sisters, all four members of CSJ, have lived to uphold the CSJ mission: “moving always toward the profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.” Their commitment to peace and justice through pubic advocacy began in the 1960s’ in protest of the Vietnam War. They were arrested and fined numerous times but they were not deterred.
Their work for peace continued for five decades, inspired by the deep history of social justice put into practice by CSJ. "I really feel that Jesus would want us to go forward and to be out there where the people are in pain,” said Sister Brigid in an interview in 2015. “I believe that about Jesus. Jesus never said worship me, he said follow me, so that is what I am trying to do," she said.
The play, written by Doris Baizley, was first performed as part of the Minnesota History Theater’s “Raw Stages” series. Currently being presented in a “reader’s theater” style, the play is being developed into a full production for future performance.
The performance is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated and will be received at the door.
Photo credit: Sisters of St. Joseph in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Used with permission.