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In honor of today’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, here’s a look at the new movie The Mighty Macs. This is the story of how the Immaculata Mighty Macs took the championship at the first national woman’s college basketball tournament ever.

Immaculata went on to win three consecutive national basketball tournaments from 1972 to 1974.

The Mighty Macs web site <http://www.themightymacs.com> describes the movie’s synopsis:

Set in 1972, “The Mighty Macs” tells the story of a 23-year-old tomboy who takes a shot at being the head basketball coach at Immaculata College – an all-girls Catholic school with 400 students. With help from the nuns, she finds the courage and faith to lead her team along the improbable journey of winning the first national championship in women’s basketball.

The film won high marks at the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami Florida in fall 2009. This festival is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami.

In 2009, ESPN did a history feature on the team and the school:

In August 2002, Immaculata College became Immaculata University. In 2005 they went co-ed. Find them on the web here:

The religious order running Immaculata was, and still is the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

This looks like a fun film!

Hat tip to Thomas Peters for the pointer!

The Immaculata Mighty Macs were crowned national champions at three consecutive AIAW basketball tournaments, from 1972 to 1974, a pivotal time in the history of women’s collegiate sports.[4] The story of the Mighty Macs basketball team is currently being adapted into a movie, The Mighty Macs, which is due out in theaters in 2009.[5] The Mighty Macs, during the early 1970s, were featured on a SportsCenter special on March 23, 2008.

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Thanks to the Microwife, here’s a great post about Lent from blogress Sister Mary Martha. She wrote it in 2007:

Plans for Lent

First, don’t go berserk because it’s about to be Lent and gorge yourself on things you are about to give up. New Orleans may need the tourist trade these days, but you don’t need the girls gone wild. Or all those beads.

Second, think very carefully about what you are going to give up for Lent. The things people give up for Lent is a singular pet peeve of mine.

If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, do it on your own time. Lent isn’t about looking better in your jeans or avoiding emphysema, although we wish you the best on both those counts.

Lent is about giving up something that will be a daily reminder of the fact that it’s Lent. Then while you’re thinking about the fact that it’s Lent, maybe you’ll remember what Lent is all about.

There’s much wisdom in Sister Mary Martha’s words. See the whole thing here.

Any blog with the subheading of “Life is tough. But Nuns are tougher.” is worth a read.

The good sister’s 2009 thoughts are here.

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Catholic Christmas Shopping

Now that Advent is upon us, many minds turn to the thought of Christmas shopping. The Anchoress has a fairly complete catalog of gift ideas, most made by professed Catholic brothers and sisters. Her “Let’s Go Christmas Shopping” has some great starting ideas. Nicoletta’s column in today’s bulletin has a few more ideas, mostly books, for Christmas gifts. Your humble author can only hope to mention a few more Catholic items that the devout shopper could consider. All my suggestions are made by professed religious.


One easy to find monastery product is made by Belgian Trappists: Chimay Beer, the prototype of all Belgian ales. The good monks of Scourmont Abbey in the country of the Walloons in Belgium have been producing their powerful ales since 1862. Chimay comes in four different alcohol percentages, ranging from 4.8% to a kicking 9.0%. Like all Belgian beers, the ingredients are water, malted barley, wheat starch, sugar, hop extract and yeast.

In addition to the four ales produced at Scourmont, the good brothers also produce some excellent cheeses. The thrifty monks feed their dairy cows with the leftover solids from the brewing process.

The TRAPPISTS are a reform order of the Benedictines, the order founded by Saint Benedict. Technically, they are Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Ordo Cisterciensium Strictioris Observantiae – OCSO), taking their name from the main monastery at La Trappe in Normandy. This reform of the Cistercian reform was lead in the mid-1660’s by Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rancé. Following St. Benedict’s dictum of “ore et labore” or “prayer and work”, Trappists around the world support themselves by making highly regarded preserves and fruitcakes.

ChartreuseChartreuse is several types of good Catholic liqueurs made by Carthusians, an order that has been described as “a community of hermits.” Green Chartreuse is made of a top secret formula of 130 herbs and spices. It is about 70% alcohol. A manuscript with the original recipe for an “Elixer of Long Life” was presented to the Carthusians in 1605, but it took about a century to perfect the recipe. Yellow Chartreuse is only 40% alcohol, and has a much simpler recipe. (Sad to say, Benedictine is no longer made by monks.)

The CARTHUSIANS were founded by St. Bruno in 1084. They follow his Statutes instead of the Rule of St. Benedict, and spend most of their lives under a strict discipline of silence. La Grande Chartreuse, the mother-house of the Carthusian Order, sits fourteen miles north of Grenoble at an elevation of 4268 feet in a high valley of the Alps. This same site and these same monks were the subject of the 2007 movie “Into Great Silence“. Their web page is here: http://www.chartreux.org

Capuchin Sisters

Capuchin Sisters

Another group of religious with a easy-to-fine product are Clarisa’s Cookies. These are made locally by the Northern Colorado branch of the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters. Cookies can be purchased year-round from Our Lady of Light Monastery at 3325 Pecos St. here in Denver. Each $12.00 box contains 1.5 pounds of these delicious butter cookies in four flavors: cinnamon, coconut, orange and vanilla. For details on how you can get yours, see:http://www.capuchins.org/cookies/index.html

I’ll be happy to volunteer to dispose of any unused cookies that may be left at your house.

The CAPUCHIN POOR CLARES are a reform of the religious Order founded by Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. In 1538, Mother Maria Lorenza Longo established the order in 1538. Capuchin Poor Clares are contemplative sisters living in community whose lives revolve around prayer, manual work, study and silence.

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PBS does a positive feature on Dominican Sisters – No, Really!

As part of PBS’ Religion and Ethics News Weekly series, Betty Rollins delivers a great view of the Nashville Dominican Sisters. Some of these sisters are teaching in the Archdiocese of Denver at St. Vincent de Paul parish school. After hanging out with them on several occasions, I have to admit that the Dixie Chicks Dominican Congregation of St. Cecilia are some of the merriest sisters on the planet. You go, girls! (And I say that lovingly!)

Check out the video from YouTube:

Hat tip to the Creative Minority Report

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Mother Angelica’s Mug Shot

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