Meet Our Giving Voice Panel Participants:
Sister Libby Osgood, CND is a sister with the Congregation of Notre Dame de Montreal, an aerospace engineer, and professor in Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. She worked as a systems engineer on two NASA satellites and enjoys exploring the relatedness of science and faith.
Sister Julia Walsh, FSPA entered the Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration in 2006, then professed her first vows in 2009 and final vows in 2015. Now she is part of her congregation’s formation team, serving women who are discerning their vocation. She also ministers as a spiritual director and in the office of Human Dignity and Solidarity in the Archdiocese of Chicago. As a writer, podcaster, and activist she loves to reflect on the messiness of following Jesus and being Catholic and doesn’t hesitate to ask important questions. This joyful, wild Jesus-lover can be found visiting jails, leading retreats, companioning spiritual seekers, advocating for peace, teaching about social justice, praying in the chapel or camping in the woods. Her writing can be found in National Catholic Reporter, America and at her blog/podcast MessyJesusBusiness.com. She is @JuliaFSPA on Twitter.
Sister Dina Bato, SP has been a Sister of Providence since 2008. She has a master's degree in pastoral theology and a bachelor's degree in accounting. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing music, and engaging in deep conversations while taking long walks. She has a passion to accompany people in their spiritual journeys and how we all can use our gifts to bring forth the kindom of God. To decompress, she enjoys watching America's Got Talent and The Voice, as well as playing an occasional game of Scrabble.
Sister Becky Mathauer, OSB has been a Sister of St. Benedict for 21 years and she has worked in a variety of ministries ranging from parish pastoral and youth ministries to teaching middle school religion and language arts. She currently resides on mission in Jasper, Indiana where she teaches middle school religion and works with special needs students in grades 3-8. She has lived out on missions in Evansville, Louisville, Indianapolis, and now Jasper for 17 years. She is the youngest of four children and grew up on the southside of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sister Christina Marie Neumann, OSF currently serves at St. Anne's, a home for the elderly and disabled in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She enjoys helping out in various capacities, including in the sacristy, working as a receptionist, assisting with communications and office work, and spending time with the people living there. She also serves in other areas, as needed around the facility. Sr. Christina also enjoys music, especially piano/organ and vocal. She also writes a weekly blog, Our Franciscan Fiat, for her community's website.
Sister Sarah Simmons, CSJ is an initially professed sister with the Congregation of St. Joseph. Sarah began the journey to religious life with the Congregation in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is now living in the Chicago area with her community. Sarah has ministered as a chemistry professor at several different community colleges in both Michigan and Illinois. She also works as a consultant with Life Directions, a nonprofit organization that works with teens and young adults on the Southside of Chicago. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, running, yoga, and a good cup of coffee.