Sister Jackie Thorn: Spiritual Princess

By J1 Reporter Lauren Martin

Sister Jackie Thorn lives in the Servants of Mary convent with 25 other sisters, keeping her days devoted to God. Although her days are full of prayer and faith, she is still a person who has her own daily routines. 

It’s fair to say everyone has wondered what that large, dorm-like building connected to our school is. In this convent, each sister has their own room and bathroom, and each floor of the motherhouse has its own kitchen and sitting area. 

To start her day off, Sr. Jackie wakes up at 5 a.m. and immediately grabs her coffee, leading her straight into prayer afterwards. During this time, she prays for an hour and reads the scripture for the day. During Lent, she uses her Lenten book as a guide. 

After prayer, she showers, gets dressed, and eats breakfast. Once she’s prepared for the day, she comes into the school around 7:15. Throughout the school day, she helps at Campus Ministry and supervises study halls for blocks A, E, and F. Along with this, she is also in charge of the Junior Retreat throughout the year and subs in the classroom of the teacher who is chaperoning the junior retreat.

After the school day, Sr. Jackie said she takes a 20 minute nap. 

At 5 p.m., everyone in the motherhouse heads to the chapel to pray. After this short prayer service, it’s time for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served cafeteria style and is different every day.

After dinner, it is time to relax. Sr. Jackie likes to play cards, do puzzles, watch the news, or whatever else she wants to do that night. S ometimes she comes back into the school, because she tries to go to at least one event for each Marian sport every year. 

Sr. Jackie prays the rosary every single night before bed; the rosary that she uses is really special to her because her mother gave her it after her father died. The back of the crucifix has her parents’ wedding date on it because it was their wedding gift. 

On school nights, she goes to bed at 9 p.m. so she can wake up at 5 a.m. the next day and do it all again. 

Compared to the typical high school girl’s daily routine, this routine is very different. Sister Jackie’s routine is another reason for students to look up to her each day. 

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