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A Sister's Love
A Sister's Love
by Joe Maxwell

First edition. Signed. New in dust jacket.
Price: $30.00

Jackson, MS: St. Dominic's (2016)

A Sister’s Love tells the life stories of little girls who came to take vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty; it shows how their passion for God has led them to decades of fruitful service to others.

Who are they? Why did they enter a convent? How did they get to Jackson? What are their spiritual secrets? How can they be so other-oriented?

As our young ladies’ stories unwind, readers will laugh, cry, and pray with them in unexpected moments. After all, they are human!

For decades they have lived in a local convent while ministering at St. Dominic’s. Their story goes back to 1946.

When they were schoolchildren, a few “pioneer Sisters” from the Springfield (Illinois) Dominican Order were beseeched by top Jackson businessmen to come South and turn a worn-down, four-story Jackson clinic into a real hospital.

The Sisters heeded the call during post-Depression days in a segregated state that was not so welcoming to Northern Catholics, much less women leading in the workplace. Yet they thrived, winning the hearts of locals.

The book’s overall narrative is accentuated by hundreds of photos and images of artifacts dating back to the 1940s. These add to the reader’s happy journey into the mysteries of these spiritual heroes.

Says First Lady Bryant, “This story pulls back the veil on these Sisters, who are people like you and me. These Sisters are life-changers and life-menders. In my current role, I’ve met many great people. Sister Dorothea and her cohorts rank highest among them.”

Why do we love them?

Because they have shown us the grace and mercy of God’s unconditional love.

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