In this segment, Sr. Cleopha Werner discusses God’s presence in her life as exemplified by her relationships with her family. Sr. Cleo relates how her sister’s faith was strengthened through hardships in her life and even up until the moment of death. Sr. Cleo also recalls how she and her family took care of her mother at the end of her life and some of the poignant moments from that time. Sr. Cleo reminiscences about the Catholic traditions included in the Midnight and Holy Saturday Masses, her fondness for praying the Rosary, and her thoughts on the changes in the Catholic church post-Vatican II. Sr. Cleo concludes her oral history by offering the listener her wisdom on facing difficult challenges in life.
Sr. Cleopha Werner
Mary Ellen Lennon
Oldenburg, Batesville, Vatican II, Midnight Mass, Holy Saturday Mass, Saint Joseph School, Cincinnati, Bishop Schulte
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Cleopha Werner" (2016). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 22.