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Sister Alice (Aloysius) Pittz

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?

When I was 12 years old I began reading everything I could about being a WAC or a WAVE. As a small child, I’d been intrigued by the personal mystery of my Dominican cousins – no hair, no ears, home visit for three days every three years. Then, in the late 1940s, S. Ione Forga was assigned to Mineral Point, and I found extra time to visit with her. Before I knew it, I was meeting with S. Mary Cleopha in the Mineral Point convent parlor, asking for papers to enter the community. Bottom line – I wanted to “save my soul.” Being a WAC or WAVE was no guarantee!

What has kept you in the community all these years?

I will always be one who questions; Dominicans encourage that. O.P. friends provide a center for me in my search for Truth, supporting my hunger to pursue that mystery which far exceeds my initial attraction, and challenge my thinking to greater depth and expansiveness. The community emphasis on the centrality of Scripture in our lives, coupled with the experiential learning gives me courage. I cherish the memories of happy friendships with so many of our deceased sisters.

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?

Before we were encouraged to choose ministerial responsibilities, placement, etc. S. Mary Magdalen honored my saying “no” to an assignment she had given me.

What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?

We have an insatiable hunger for Truth, finding it in and bringing it to causes. Bringing it to voices that are silenced for any reason.

What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?

I mostly appreciate the opportunity for more solitude, reflection, quiet prayer. I am enriched and nourished by volunteer activities. Reading/studying spirituality, theology, Scripture, listening to the Ideas Network on NPR, biking and other physical activity, experimenting in the kitchen, playing cards, etc., etc., etc. There are so many things I enjoy, I never have enough time, even in retirement.