S+L logo

From Competition to Contemplation

February 11, 2010
The Olympics start tomorrow, and all the media attention will be on Canada and the world’s greatest athletes!
SisterOlymYesterday, I visited with someone who could have made it to the Olympics, someone who could have carried the Olympic torch.
She is 91-year-old Sr. Frances Ordway, a Loretto sister living at the Loretto Abbey convent in North York, Ontario.  In 1939, she broke discus throwing records in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and was also the Champion Discus thrower at the British Commonwealth Games.  Her eyes were set on Olympic glory.  In fact, she was going for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, but the Games were canceled because of World War II.
Instead, she went for what St. Paul would call a “spiritual Olympics”.  She followed her call to serve God.  She has been a Loretto sister for 65 years, and loves it!
Tonight, on the February 11th edition of Perspectives, we feature her story in preparation for the Vancouver Olympic Games.

Related posts

Know That He Is Near, at the Gates
Read this reflection from Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, on the Gospel reading about the end times, for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. ...read more
Inmates from La Joya Penitentiary in Panama City are part of a special project in preparation for World Youth Day 2019 - and other stories. ...read more
Deacon-structing: Free Asia Bibi
Deacon Pedro discusses the high-profile case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic woman who had been condemned to death for blasphemy. ...read more
SLHour: What Really Went on in the Synod
This week on the SLHour, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, tells us what really went on in the Synod of Bishops; Emilie brings us the weekly news; Billy has another question about All Souls Day on Church for Du ...read more
Vocation Myths | Part 5
God’s idea of fulfilling one’s vocation is that which will lead to greatest holiness and eternity with Him in heaven. Our idea is often more earthbound. ...read more