MOVIES: Sister Helen

“Sister Helen” follows a Benedictine Nun as she goes about her days at a Centre she opened for Drug Addicts and Alchoholics!

Below is a good article on the story behind the documentary:

It is available for download on Itunes!

NOTE: Despite being rated A- by Steven Graydanus there is a fair amount of swearing so this may not be something to watch with your kids.

Steven Graydanus from National Catholic Register’s Review:


Let us pray her cause for Canonization is in the works!:thumbsup:

Very interesting and emotional documentary. It might still be available to watch on for free.

Yes, it seems to be:

DVDs are also available for purchase through a variety of outlets.

Here is some additional information about the John Thomas Travis Center, which Sister Helen founded. The Center won a grassroots organizing award in 2000.

The John Travis Center, located in the South Bronx, is a home for men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and transitioning back into the community. The Center provides counseling, referrals and other services. During the day, men living at the Center go to jobs, attend school or participate in recovery programs. Twice a week, they hold group meetings to discuss their progress, resolve interpersonal issues and plan household events. The normal stay for a resident is expected to be six months, but recognizing that an individual’s transition back into the community can be longer, some residents have stayed as long as three years. The Center has five apartments and 15 beds, and each resident is provided a private room. The men cooperatively maintain the building’s common areas.

The Center runs a food and clothing distribution program. Once or twice a week local people line up at 9 a.m. in front of the building’s storefront to receive clothing and food, and residents help run the food pantry by giving out 1,200 food bags a month.

Its very tough to run a place such as this. Sister Helen died, but others are continuing her vision. Please pray for Sister Helen and those who staff the John Thomas Travis Center. You may consider asking that the organization find funding, since such programs are often run on a shoestring budget.

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