In this interview Sr. Joanita Koors reflects on her life in community, specifically the influences that helped shape her ongoing decision to join the convent in Oldenburg, in particular the warmth and trust of Sr. Joel Franks. Self-described as an "common person, an ordinary farm girl from Greensburg," Sr. Joanita details her bargaining with God, her time as an educator in Evansville, New Albany, North Vernon, and Indianapolis, as well as her mission to help all students realize their worth and potential. Additionally, she discusses the change of her prayer life from communal prayer to adopting the the more personal "contemplative gaze", with coffee. Realizing God through everyone with whom she has come into contact, Sr. Joanita emphasizes the gratitude for the ability to affect positive change within her religious life.
Sr. Joanita Koors
Mary Ellen Lennon
Marian University Indianapolis
Little Flower, New Albany, marian college, contemplative prayer, Vatican II, Sr. Joel Franks
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Joanita Koors" (2015). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 15.