We were so blessed to have Felician Sisters at Holy Family School in South Bend, IN. While I had good relationships with all of them and have fond memories with a few, my favorite was Sr. Arthur. She taught 8th grade and English, then became principal. She sang and played guitar and piano. No one at our school, during the years she was there, could forget all of the singing we did, especially the La Di Da polka and Sto Lat. She was strong and spry, often giving a “shot” in the arm as a sign of congratulation.
One thing she often reminded me about when I was older was a time I asked her where her “gunboats” were — a reference to her sturdy black tie shoes — on an occasion she was wearing sandals. That story always made her laugh. After she returned to the motherhouse in Livonia and I was an adult, I had the chance to visit a few times. They were wonderful opportunities to reminisce and be shown off to the other Sisters as special visitors. I think we even made it into the newsletter once. Having Sr. Arthur as a friend was a wonderful gift!