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Library Archives - Legacy Affinity: Stories of the Sisters

This Libguide helps to preserve the historical and cultural record of Affinity Health System, which became part of Ministry Health Care in 2012, part of Ascension Health Care in 2013.

Oral Histories - Stories of the Sisters

The intent of the Stories-of-the-Sisters Oral History Project is to publish a series of interviews with the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, in effort to preserve some of the rich history lived by these courageous and pioneering women.

Interviews include audio files, transcripts, and photos, whenever possible.

If you would like to be interviewed, or recommend someone to be interviewed for this project, please contact Michele Matucheski at 920-223-0340 or   or Emily Anderson at 920-230-2048 or

Welcome to The Stories of the Sisters

Welcome to the new website featuring Stories of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.


This oral history project began in 2009, when I started to interview The Sisters at Franciscan Courts in Oshkosh, WI.  

I wanted to know more about their lives, their work, and their passions--in their own words.   These are the women who founded my hospital and many others in Wisconsin and around the US.  Many of the Sisters became Nurses, Teachers, Social Workers, and Chaplins.  Some of them even became Hospital Administrators and Leaders at times when educational opportunities and career options for women were very limited.  Some of the Sisters even became Architects and Plumbers "because that's what the community needed to do the work required."    


These women made incredible impacts in our world, so here are some of their stories ...


In each interview, we invite the Sisters to review their life and work, and share the things that they want to remember.


Each session contains :

  • The Audio File (hosted at Story Corps)
  • Transcript of the Session
  • Field Notes of the Session
  • Photo of the Sister

Thank you to the many people who have helped with with project through the years, including and especially, the Sisters who were willing to talk with me.   I've learned so much from you all!

This project is near and dear to my heart.  It brought me back in touch with our mission and purposeful work.   

Contact Your Librarian : MM

Need Assistance? We are happy to help! Please contact Your Librarian :


Michele Matucheski, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
(920) 223-0340


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