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Young adults take on sisters at SOAR trivia night

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Television shows ask if people are smarter than a fifth-grader, but a trivia night at Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington March 13 pitted young adults against religious sisters. Who was smarter?

The event was hosted by Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR), which received a grant for this event from National Catholic Sisters Week, a branch of the National Catholic Sisters Project headquartered at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis. 

“Nun Better” — a team of congregations supported by SOAR — included Oblate Sisters of Providence Mary Stephen Beauford, Rita Michelle Proctor and Marcia Hall of Baltimore; Benedictine Sister Joanna Burley of Bristow; Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Kathleen Lunsmann and Terri Jordan of Scranton, Pa., and Joan Rychalsky of Immaculata, Pa.; and Dominican Sister Peggy Scarano of Sparkill, N.Y.

Sister Mary Kathleen Lunsmann said SOAR wanted to sponsor an event that would attract young professionals. “For the last couple of months we’ve been trying to target young adults, not to become donors but to become aware of our mission and therefore become aware of Catholic sisters.”

Before the trivia portion began, sisters took the opportunity to mingle with the tables of contenders. Sister Marcia Hall stopped by one of the tables where she and the young adults discussed strategies for winning. Sister Marcia hoped the young adults saw that sisters are approachable and they enjoy having fun.

Bonus questions tested the players’ knowledge of Catholic sisters, ranging from, “This Catholic sister won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 and was known as the ‘saint of the gutters’,” to “Which vibrant city became home to the first Catholic sisters in the United States?”

Mary Desmarais wanted to support the work SOAR does. “Religious dedicate their whole life to God and as Catholics we benefit so much from their devotion and they’re giving them the dignity to age in place or age well,” she said.

The grand prize of Trappist IPA and Sisters of St. Benedict Prayerful Pretzels went to a team named “Pig Mom and the Typewriter Boy.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018