Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project
Sister Firmin Escher, O.S.B., b. 1915
Q: How has monastic life shaped your attitudes to the outside world?
A: I feel we must be aware of what is happening in the outside world. In the 1980s when we were working on community planning I organized a multi-media event for the sisters dealing with the need for world vision and an understanding of global issues. I had eight slide projectors set up to project images of different subjects. I also had three movie projectors set up. We started them all up at once and let them run for about ten minutes. The sisters were in the middle and didn't know where to look or what to do. When we stopped the projectors you could have heard a pin drop. I tried to make the point that that is way things are when we don't do planning and cannot focus. For the rest of the day we went to panels and discussions on a wide variety of issues