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St. Catharine College receives quilt from the Abbey of Gethsemani

The Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College recently received a special gift from the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

Presented to the library was a quilt, which was originally created by Penny Sisto of Floyd Knobs, Ind., formerly of Nelson County, Kentucky.

The following description was sent with the quilt, which now hangs in the first floor Mattingly Reading Room of the library: “This quilt came from a vision by the artist. She was out delivering twin lambs. One of them died so she skinned it so it wouldn’t go to waste. Since it was close to Christmas, she imagined how Mary would have wrapped her baby. Then she went in and started embroidering Mary with the baby wrapped in a lamb skin. She chose the Indian because she’s always lived off the land and native women are close to her heart. Mary was probably dark-skinned because of where she came from.”

In Sisto’s biography on her website, she said, “My quilts spring full-born into my mind. My task, if you will, is to allow my clumsy hands to make them manifest.”

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.