Thirty years ago…

Thirty years ago, a young Sr. Grace Marie (she was still known by another name back then, one which she forbids me to mention), was stepping into the beginning stages of life as a nun.  On the feast of the Nativity of Mary, 1983, she started life as a postulant in the little community of PCPAs in Irondale, Alabama.

As mentioned on our show last week, Mother Angelica had asked her to come a few days earlier because the sisters were going to Nashville to record an album.  They needed an alto.  It’s kind of an unusual way to begin religious life, but it seems to be quite fitting for our community, which has always seemed to be just a little different anyway.

Last week Sr. Grace Marie received a package in the mail from a dear friend, Br. Michael Baker, MIC.  He found this obscure album in a record shop somewhere.  You can see Sr. Grace Marie, the lone postulant in the short brown veil.  We don’t have a turntable, so we haven’t been able to play it yet, but just having the album has been a fun trip down memory lane.

Dali’s Holy Family

Recently Sr. Grace Marie recorded some voiceovers at the Guadalupe Radio Network studio.

What’s that she’s holding in her hand, you ask? These are her voiceover buddies, who always accompany her whenever she does any recordings.

The story behind this Dali-esque statue is that many, many years ago they were young and upright, living on the dashboard of the nuns’ station wagon in Irondale.  Eventually the sweltering southern sun took it’s toll and they began to melt.

Sr. Grace Marie rescued them from the whole cruel fate of broken and worn out religious items, exile in the Now-What-Am-I-Supposed-To-Do-With-This-Stuff Box, and they’ve been her voiceover buddies ever since.  They fit perfectly in her hand, keep quiet in the studio, and never complain about endless re-takes.

Old friends

Sr. Grace Marie and Sr. Mary Peter were at the Catholic Marketing Network in Dallas at the end of August. They ran into a lot of our EWTN friends there, and Sr. Grace Marie was able to sit down with Doug Keck for a few minutes to chat about our foundation here in San Antonio.  Her interview starts around 21 minutes into the show.