In this segment Sr. Evelyn Lindenmaier reflects on her decision to follow her twin sister, Rachel Lindenmaier, and her aunt, Sr. Leona, into the convent of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg. Sr. Evelyn discusses her love of working with her hands and how her skills enabled her to expand her vocation to such jobs as a copy repair person, painter, and carpenter—creating gifts for her fellow Sisters, her family, and the local community. She highlights her life in formation as a young novice and her mission work with the poor of Cincinnati, teaching elementary school and building Christmas trees for those who could not afford them. Sr. Evelyn also describes her changing prayer life and her unique role as a twin caring for a twin, and vice versa, in times of failing health. She underscores how being twin Sisters helped Rachel and her impact others often simply by being present to those in need. With candor and gleefulness, Sr. Evelyn ends her interview by reflecting on the time elementary students mistook her for her “older Sister."
Sr. Evelyn Lindenmaier
Mary Ellen Lennon
Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine, Saint Joseph's School, Mother Cephas, Sister Leona, Sister Rachel Lindenmaier
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Evelyn Lindenmaier" (2016). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 19.