Sam spent several days at Mount Notre Dame in Cincinnati in early February. He spoke to students at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton and at Mount Notre Dame and McNicholas High Schools. Sam had dinner with Sister Dorothy’s family in Dayton and spoke to parishioners at former parish, Saint Rita’s. He did evening presentations for Sisters in the Cincinnati area and for the public. Curious about the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sam did video interviews of several Sisters.
Students who heard Sam speak found him inspiring, informative, engaging, passionate, joyful, and motivating. One student said, “Sam called us to examine how the environment fits into our identity and motivations as both humans and Catholics. Dorothy dedicated her life to the environment, always responding with loving action. I hope this is a response we will all someday echo.”
Sisters Joan Krimm and Liz Bowyer spent time with Sam and both experienced him as a special man of great integrity. Time with Sister Dorothy, their friendship, and her death continue to touch Sam. He exuded hope and joy in sharing his almost mystical love for and care of creation. With a deep spiritual sense of the mystery and oneness of all creation, Sam realizes that love is at the heart of everything.