When I think back to attending the College of St. Teresa, there are so many Sisters that come to mind, but the one with whom I became the closest was Sister Joachim Von Arx. Sister Joachim was from my hometown of Hokah, Minnesota, and although I had never met her prior to attending St. Teresa’s, we became great friends.
I was very homesick during my freshmen year. (Hokah is only 30 minutes from Winona but it seemed like a million miles away!) Sister Joachim heard I was homesick and took me under her wing. She would invite me to have lunch with her and the other Sisters living in Alverna Hall, and she would share stories about growing up in Bush Valley outside of Hokah. I found out that I knew many of her family members as well, so we had a lot to talk about.