My name is Sister Madeleine, and I am a religious sister at the Community of Jesus in Orleans on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I have lived since 1987.
I began my love for other cultures in a sandbox trying to dig to China and gazing at the moon and wondering who else could see it. God has given me the privilege of going to many of those places I had only dreamed about. A college study year in Paris in 1965 gave me a love for and understanding of other cultures and other peoples that has lasted throughout and enriched my whole life. I turned twenty that year and by then had visited twenty different countries including behind the then Iron Curtain. My college major was International Politics.
As a lifelong, now fifty-year high school teacher, I traveled, taught and lived overseas in Canada, Europe, South and Central America and Asia and Africa. My students often asked, “How many countries have you been to?” I always responded, “How many have I not been to?” So I am blessed to continue my love for other cultures at an International Benedictine monastery in Bruges, Belgium where we speak alternately three languages a day in the sisterhood, and where the 2,000 per day tourists to the Béguinage come from all over the world.