Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrates her 100th birthday


(ABC NEWS) — Sister Jean, the beloved nun from Loyola University, recalled lessons from her childhood that helped build the person she is a century later.

 “Get up in the morning, be happy. You have to be happy; you have to convey happiness and you have to show people you, yourself are happy to make other people happy,” she said.

Ever since the Rambler’s Final Four run, Sister Jean has been on a run of her own from her Hall of Fame bobblehead to her LEGO statue to celebrating her 100th birthday.

To mark the birthday milestone, the university is hosting a campus celebration to honor the woman who helped inspire generations of its students.

“I tell students all the time you can’t be somebody different. You have to be yourself. The person God wanted you to be and so just use your talents that God has given you and just live your life,” she said.

So far, this sister says she’s been fortunate to check off many boxes on her life “to-do” list.

But when asked, she said she still has at least one more goal before she reaches 101.

“I have one more box, I want to walk again. I’m not walking right now from my hip replacement…so, I want to walk again. That’s my big wish,” she said.


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