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Catholic…what? Sistas? Isn’t that name a bit…strange?

It’s a question that honestly doesn’t come up frequently…sincerely. I probably wouldn’t fall off one hand the number of times it’s ever come up. But for those who are curious, and in the interest of transparency–yes, the blog is almost four years old–I thought it would be a good idea to share my own personal story of how I came up with the name.

Long ago in a Catholic forum online–ok, 11 years ago if you must know!–I came to know quite a few good Catholic women, some of whom write for the blog! I was not blessed to have any biological sisters, so these good ladies allowed me to refer to them as my “sistas.” Not the most culturally appropriate considering I am Mexican American – amigas or commadres would have been a more apt choice, but hey, I’m even told there are some Latinas who use sistas, too- but there it was. I liked it! It felt personal yet not too sugary sweet like ‘hon’ or ‘sug’ {pronounced “shoog” as Southerners like to say it}. It didn’t seem insincere.

Some years ago and just before the blog was born, I met with my parish priest one day. We met once a month to go over meeting details since I was the chairperson for our parish pastoral council. That day I happened to bring up an unrelated topic regarding a girlfriend. He quickly asked me if she was a sister or…a sista? I had to laugh. He understood.

When the blog was born, it was with the help of many friends who I had known over the years, some IRL {in real life} and quite a few I had gotten to know online over the years. I didn’t hesitate to call it Catholic Sistas. Why? It is a fun and engaging way of bringing the Faith to others. It represented not just who we were as people, as friends, but the spirit in which we intended to bring to the Catholic blogosphere. If you joined us at a coffee shop, you’d see the conversation was wide and varied, just like the blog. With so many unique voices and topics, the term sistas really captures the diversity of the blog’s writers, from casual and chatty, to insightful, up with current events, and even well-researched topics. Catholic Sisters didn’t fit because it sounds as though we have been called to the religious life. If you have followed any of our social media platforms such as Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, you see that we love to have fun in addition to adhering to the Magesterium. The name truly encapsulates the spirit of the blog. 🙂

About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to six kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-6/12. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

  • Karin Balkon Chudy - I saw you pinned something of mine and pinterest and saw the blog name..I had to come over to see what it was all about. Being a cradle catholic I was delighted to see all the good stuff here! Thanks for all our good work!August 2, 2015 – 10:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily Muscat - I like your list of ‘loves’. thanks.I like your website and mostly your work. I am from Malta. but i have travelled a lot to Africa mostly to Kenya and worked voluntary as a missionary in the Diocese of Garissa ,were last Easter time students were killed in the university.thank you for your website God bless all of you keep you in my prayers.August 4, 2015 – 8:11 amReplyCancel

  • Gail Jean Coniglio - Congrats on your blog. I was wondering what “Perspective from the Neck” means? I’m interested to know.September 22, 2015 – 9:12 amReplyCancel

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