Sister Dorothy Payne’s article, “A Blessed Life Enriched in Catholic Education” (May 7), mentioned the need for nuns to be teachers, providing students with educational opportunities to better themselves and use their talents and treasures for God’s glory.

It reminded me of my seventh- grade teacher, Sister Agnelle.  We students at the former St. Anne’s Catholic Grammar School, Garwood, were blessed by God to have a teacher like Sister Agnelle, who truly had our best interests at heart.

Sister Agnelle respected our human dignity and allowed us to express our opinions in class.  As our teacher and our elder, Sister Agnelle respected her right to expect certain behaviors from us young people.  She taught us good values when she told us to respect older women and those with disabilities, and also to have a healthy respect for ourselves. 

Sister Agnelle knew that all of us in her class were well-endowed by God with potential, and she reminded us to use that potential. If we were a little weak in a subject we didn’t like, she didn’t make excuses for our lack of interest by pretending it was lack of ability – she knew all the subjects we liked came easy. 

Sister Agnelle, a great matriarchal hero like my grandma Martha DeGraw Rosendale, whom I’m named after, encouraged us girls to respect ourselves as much as we’d respect anyone else and to use our intelligence and creativity to make our world a better place and to give Jesus credit for being generous with us.

Martha McLoughlin, Lakewood