National Catholic Sisters Week – Sister Agnes Power

Sister Agnes Power (used with permission of the Provincial Archives)

Sister Agnes Power (used with permission of the Provincial Archives)

Sister Agnes Power spent many years in San Antonio, TX, where she taught Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes. Below are some of Sister Agnes’ recollections of her ministry, written to the people of St. Leo’s Parish in San Antonio.

It was August 19, 1959, a long time ago, that a Missouri Pacific Train brought me to San Antonio. I knocked on your doors. You opened them with genuine Texas hospitality. You introduced me to your children and grand children. We talked about many things. When it was hot, you offered me a glass of iced tea or lemonade. You gave me roses from your front yard. I thank you for you graciousness.

Then came September and on came the children – busloads of them. Four afternoons and on Saturday morning, the buses came to St. Leo’s School.

There’s another group of people I can’t forget, the men and women who came to the top floor of 4401 S. Flores. They came for the morning and evenings classes in adult basic education. We struggled with commas and periods and how to write an essay. We learned how to add fractions and how to do percentage problems. The Holy Spirit must have been around because I saw many of you in cap and gowns receive your GED diploma. I was proud and so were you – and rightly so.

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