Sister Bernelda Nanneman
I am the 15th of 17 children born to my parents.
I lived a sheltered life. I had several near death experiences as a child but managed to survive. Perhaps God made me like a cat with 9 lives.
The 5 youngest in my family were girls. My mother said if we had been boys we could farm. But as girls, we needed an education, so we moved 20 miles from our farm in Wien to a farm in Salisbury in order to attend a Catholic high school. The month after I graduated from high school, I joined the Atchison Benedictines. The sisters taught me catechism on Sundays in Wein and then in high school.
This community continued to give me educational opportunities for which I am grateful. I graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College. I received a Masters in Educational Administration from Detroit University in Michigan and certification in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University. I also received seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education for Chaplains from Methodist Hospital in St. Joseph, Mo. I have taught, been an elementary principal, and served as chaplain and spiritual director. I was a volunteer chaplain for Atchison Hospice.