In the latest installment of our continuing video series Ask A Nun, Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, answers the question “What do nuns do for recreation?”

Sister Nancy Dawson:

Well, this is what I like…. I like movies, and because I teach World Religions I try to see all of the movies that are up for Academy Awards. I take a cup of coffee from McDonald’s, I put it in my pocket, and then I go to the theater and take my time to drink the coffee and see all of the movies that are up for the Academy Award.

I like water, so I often go to Conneaut and spend time reflecting on the psalm [42] “Like a deer longs for the running water.”

Once a year I need to be energized, so I go to New York City at Christmastime. It is a wonderful way to see Christ in all the beauty and the Arts that are in the City.

I also love the ocean, and once a year I go to the ocean with someone in my family or with close friends.

But the greatest relaxation and recreation I have is being with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown at the lunch or dinner table to be able to share our lives, and our stories, and our hopes, and our dreams about our own mission and ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.

It’s a great life, and I’ve never been bored!

Contact the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown at or 330-792-7636.

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