In her oral history, Sister Lorraine Geis reflects on her time as a Sister of Saint Francis both in the United States and Papua New Guinea. Sister Geis grew up in a farming family, which would set the foundation for her love of teaching agriculture to high school students later in life. As a novice, she taught second graders in Bridgetown, Cincinnati. She was invested in 1952 and her final profession was in 1956, after which she went to Riverview Gardens in Saint Louis and taught for seven years. It was in 1961, however, when her life would change dramatically. Praying to the Holy Spirit for guidance, she was given an answer to her request for direction in the call to go to Papua New Guinea, a mission begun in 1955 by Capuchin priests of Pittsburgh by Pope Pius XII. Sister Geis describes her time in Papua New Guinea teaching agriculture and math to the students while having students care for their own land. She also explains topics such as subsistence farming, gender inequality, clothing differences, food types, and educational discrepancies between those from the highlands and the coast of Papua New Guinea.
Sr. Lorraine Geis
Mary Ellen Lennon Ph.D
Papua New Guinea, Mother Cephas, Tari, Capuchin Brothers, Mendi, Sister Hortense, Pope Pius XII, Sister Mel Hoffman
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Lorraine Geis" (2014). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 30.