In her oral history, Sister Mildred Millie Speed discusses how she learned the importance of love and the true value of family from seeing the relationship between her mother and father at a young age. She reflects on how her vocation to the Sisters of Saint Francis was based on a letter from her dear friend, Sister Charlene Wolf, and how her time teaching at various levels of education in Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, and Ohio taught her to follow the vow of obedience—how to, ultimately, become “deeply Franciscan.” Sister Speed also describes what it was like to work with Native Americans in New Mexico, a group that had “a knowledge of our God and a love of the Great Spirit, as they refer to God,” and her starting a Kairos retreat for high school students in Middletown, Ohio. Finally, Sister Millie reports on her experience working with fellow Sisters in mission, especially her good friend and mentor-superior, Sister Norberta.
Sr. Mildred Millie Speed
Mary Ellen Lennon
Mother’s pension; Cincinnati, Ohio; Saint Catharine’s School, Ohio; Mother Marie Dillhof; Middletown, Ohio; Father Thomas Scecina High School, Indianapolis; Montana; Kairos Retreat
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Mildred Millie Speed" (2015). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 24.