“A Nun in Wolf’s Clothing” is how a news article characterized Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt of Loyola University Chicago.
Sr. Jean, at 98 years “young,” has dedicated 81 years of her life to the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin (BVM), served at Loyola for over half a century, and for the past decade has been chaplain of the Loyola Men’s Basketball Team (their mascot is a wolf and a wolf is the image of a Rambler).
Loyola is the “Cinderella Team” of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The school’s last NCAA championship was 55 years ago and the team has not advanced to the tournament since 1985. Sister Jean and her enthusiastic support of the team has put “a Catholic face on the tournament.” She recently confirmed that “I ask God to be especially good to Loyola so that, at the end of the game, the scoreboard indicates a big ‘W’ for us.
On several occasions Pope Francis has supported the idea of sports as a great peace-making tool stating: “Sport is a universal language, which brings peoples close and can contribute to having individuals meet and overcome conflicts.” At the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympics the Pontiff issued a universal prayer intention: “That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”
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