Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel Talks About Leadership and Mentoring

Episode Five

Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel and host Jeremiah Washington converse about her long life of ministry as an educator, mentor and leader; Jeremiah discloses the difference Sister Marilyn Jean has made in his life.

Quotes from Former Students

  • "You were strict, but we knew you loved us."
  • "Hey Dad.. you don't mess around with Sister Marilyn Jean."


Learn more about Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel on our website and leave a comment for her.

Feel like you could benefit from a mentor? Check out our Spiritual Direction page to learn more about how our sisters can mentor and help you to reflect on your gifts and God's love for you.

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The Journey to Springfield: Storymap

In 1873, six Dominican sisters were sent from the Convent of St. Catherine of Sienna, near Springfield, Kentucky, to Jacksonville, Illinois, to assume responsibility for teaching a large population of Irish immigrant children whose fathers were building the railroad. Visit the Our Story page to view the interactive story map.

Bonus Story

When an old mansion once occupied by writer Sinclair Lewis was donated to the parish, it became the sisters’ convent and the stuff of legend in the community. Sister Marilyn Jean shares the story with host Jeremiah Washington.

Learn More

About Sinclair Lewis, American novelist and playwright

See It

Check out the slideshow below for more photos of The Mansion Convent.