Love is my calling.
Sister Renee Richie, baptized Lois Janette, was born on June 13, 1934, in Detroit, the fourth of six children born to Alfred and Gladys (McCardy) Richie. Her father was born in Canada, and her mother had lived there since early childhood. They married in 1924 and their first three children – Eleanor, Alfred “Freddy” and Pauline – were born in Canada. Sister Renee and her two younger brothers, David and Owen, were born in Detroit.
In her autobiography, Sister Renee wrote the following about her family:
My father was the decision-maker in our home, always very responsible yet a quiet man who liked routine and order. My mom was the homemaker, cooking basic meat and potatoes and living simply. She was very creative and unafraid to try new ideas. She nursed me through Polio when I was five. I was paralyzed in bed for sox months, and because of her healing touch and massage, I feel I was completely cured. There was no medication available. In many ways it was a joyous time as I was the center of attention.
I was close to all my brothers and sisters yet in very different ways. Freddy was always significant in my life. We had a deep understanding of the more serious parts of our lives. For example, he shared with me his desire to enter the monastery before he told anyone else. [My older sister] Pauline and I shared as sisters and I always felt I was her confidant.
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Sister Joan Mary Dwyer was born in Detroit on April 1, 1938, to Clifford and Vivian (Adkins) Dwyer. Her father was Catholic, but not her mother. Two weeks after she was born, Joan developed pneumonia and received an emergency baptism and the name Joan Patricia. She was formally baptized before her First Communion on March 23, 1947.
In her autobiography, Sister Joan said that her parents divorced and remarried and that she was the oldest of four brothers and three sisters.
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Sister Janet Michael began her story with the marriage of her parents Helen Rebbe and Harvey Hudspeth in 1928 at Holy Redeemer Church in Detroit. Because her father was not Catholic, they were married in the rectory. Jobs were hard to find during the Great Depression and so they moved to Petersburg, Illinois, where they lived on the family farm.
Sister Janet was born in Petersburg on July 23, 1932, and baptized Peggy Joan. She was the second of five children born into the Hudspeth family. The family moved to Chester, Illinois, when her father found a job at Southern Illinois Penitentiary as a prison guard. They lived there for seven years and then moved to Detroit when her father found a better job in a factory.
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Sister Virginia Therese, baptized Eleanor Conway, was born on January 13, 1926, in Chicago. She and her brother William were the two children born to William C. and Eleanor (Brown) Conway. Her father was born in Rochester, New York, and was a broker. Her mother was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Sister Virginia gave very few details about her early life, only that her father traveled frequently, that the family had a summer home on Lake Michigan, and that one of the care-takers became a close friend with whom she had fond memories.
Sister Virginia was educated at St. Laurence Grade School and Aquinas High School. After graduating in 1944, she enrolled in Siena Heights College and studied full-time for two years before entering the postulate in June 23, 1946, at the age of twenty. The following year, her father died of a heart aneurysm on June 3, 1947.
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