Sister Rochelle Kerkhof, left, and Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo live in Imperial, and are helping with parish outreach and religious education in eight other communities in southwest Nebraska. (Johnson Publications photo)

Sisters helping expand Catholic parish outreach in area

    A pair of Catholic sisters who are living in Imperial but serving nine parishes in southwest Nebraska admit to getting some second looks at times.
    Both Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo and Sister Rochelle Kerkhof don’t take offense because they realize the looks are out of curiosity in the southwest Nebraska communities they both rate “very friendly.”
    After all, there haven’t been many sisters serving full-time in the area.
    The reason they are here is simple, they say—to serve the Lord.
    Both sisters are members of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity based in  Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and arrived in southwest Nebraska the end of July.

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