Canticle of the Sun

Enjoy listening to the “Canticle of the Sun” which was one of the songs sung at the Stigmata of St. Francis program held at St. Francis Home in September.

On the streets of Toledo or Hebron, Sister Paulette Schroeder focuses on caring for her brothers and sisters

By Nicole Walby

Staff Writer


Being one of 13 children living on a farm, a local activist learned the importance of discipline, hard work and standing up for those who don’t have a voice. Sister Paulette Schroeder of the Sisters of St. Francis grew up near Cleveland on a farm in Putnam County.

Schroeder worked hard as a child on the farm in the fields. There, she lived in an enclosed society not really exposed to those of diverse backgrounds. “As a child, the farthest I ever got was to Columbus to visit my brother in the seminary,” Schroeder said.

“We were not rich, with 13 children,” Schroeder said. “My father would make just enough to keep us going. We were not poor, but we didn’t buy anything we didn’t need.” Schroeder spent a lot of time out in the fields and garden.

“I learned discipline and my family was strict, but we would get the job done,” she said.

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