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Sister Jean (Vincent) Ferstl

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?

The Racinie Dominicans taught at St. Luke School in Plain where I attended elementary school and ninth grade. I knew already in third grade that I wanted to be a sister when I grew up. All through grades 3-9 the sisters who taught me confirmed that desire in me. Also, my mother always made sure that we would have a visit with  my cousins, S. Clara Dischler and S. Juliana Dischler, when they came home to visit their families in the 1950s. 

What has kept you in the community all these years?

My love for God, my love for the community and my love for all the people with whom and for whom I ministered all these years. My ever-deepening appreciation for the Sacred Scriptures, especially the Gospels, has nourished my ministry and my spirituality. My commitment to the community has deepened over the years in many ways.  If I had to live my life over, I would make the same decisions.

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

Being invited to preach by every priest with whom I ministered in each of the four parishes.

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

We are a group of women who are committed to study, prayer and responding to the needs of the times, especially in matters related to truth and justice issues. We have an outstanding Retreat Center.

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

Living and getting to know my neighbors at the Concord Apartments, volunteering for the community, and quilting.