10 March 2014

Women's History Month: Religion

March is Women's History Month and as such GeneaBloggers' prompt today is: What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

Religion played an active role in most of my lines. Daddy's side (here) almost all belonged to the same church I attend now - the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church. My Baba and her mother, Gigi's mom and at least one of his sisters were active in the Sisterhood.

My mom's maternal side is Roman Catholic and her father's side is Presbyterian. There are a few more recently who have chosen other religions and several older generations who attended a local Methodist Episcopal Church. They all attended church and I feel safe in saying that religion was a special part of their lives. One aunt wanted to become a nun and was close, I understand, until she met someone so special that she left the convent. My mom was always at church helping with bingo or fish fries.

My girls and I are active with our church. One daughter is president of our JUOL (youth group). Another heads a committee in the JUOL. My eldest daughter is in both the Sr. UOL and Sisterhood with me. I am secretary for the Sisterhood and am on the Parish Board as well.
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