Friday, January 17, 2003

Detroit sister a leader in adult literacy work

For Sister Marie Schoenlein, the goal has been the same since 1988: to wipe out adult illiteracy in Detroit. That year, she presented a plan to the Catholic Archdiocese and major religious superiors to tutor adults who could not read, thus improving their lives, the lives of their children and the lives of their community. "We had so many retired sisters who would not want to be in a classroom, but would be energized by that kind of work," Schoenlein said. Her plan became the Dominican Literacy Center, which has trained nearly 2,500 volunteers to give the gift of reading to more than 2,400 adults, aged 19 to 91.

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