ROCHESTER, Minn. - For over 140 years the Sisters of Saint Francis have been a staple in the Rochester community. But what exactly do they do? What does a typical day look like for a sister? This weekend is the chance to find out.
The sisters are hosting an overnight event called 'A Day in the Life of a Sister.' Guests are invited to spend a day and night in the convent.
Sister Marlys Jax is helping coordinate the event. She said there is a certain 'mystique' sourrounding nuns, but she assures everyone they are very 'normal.'
"My hope is that people will come away from this experience knowing that we are very normal, and our experience is ordinary," she said. "And we tend to want to be with people and offer them a sense of peace and hope in this world."
Sister Marlys said many people think the sisters spend all day in quiet prayer. She said some women do, but most of them do 'normal' activities like walk dogs, play cards, and yoga. The sisters are also very involved in the community, some hold positions on civic boards while others volunteer with organizations helping the environment.
"To be involved in the civic is part of what our mission is. Because our mission is to be out there, to be a compassionate presence. So, how do you do that? You can do that by being present in people's lives," she said.
People can sign up for the 'Day in the Life of a Sister' event here. It costs $60 and runs from September 14 at 5pm until September 15 at 3:30pm.
Sister Marlys said they also plan on hosting another one of this events this year.