Nuns set up a friendly wager for World Series


You know when the nuns start betting and trash talking, it’s serious business. When the World Series began, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, with the Boston order living in Brighton, e-mailed their fellow sisters in St. Louis with a friendly wager. The loser would donate $101 (the age of Fenway Park) to the winner’s charity of choice. “The gauntlet has been thrown and we accept your challenge,” the response came from St. Louis. “We have already earmarked it for our sisters in Gulu, Uganda. We have also asked all of our sisters and associates to remember you in prayer as you experience losses over the next few weeks.” Rosemary Brennan of the Boston order replied: “When we win,” she wrote, the donation would go to Bakhita House to help women who have been trafficked. The St. Louis order replied with a poem that included the line, “Forgive us our errors,” and perhaps that was their mistake. Getting picked off first base to end a baseball game? That’s an unforgivable Cardinal sin.

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