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Old Sacred Heart School

I read lately about Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic nuns who undertook a publicized bus tour to D.C. congressional offices, stopping at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and poverty centers to highlight the plight of the poor in America. It brought to mind the charitable instruction I received years ago from a local body of nuns at Sacred Heart School. Ours was the old Sacred Heart on 39th and H, now rebuilt across the street. The old school had, to my mind, ancient character, and was run by a Principal whose round spectacles magnified her alert and piercing eyes. When she blew her whistle everything in the schoolyard came to a stop. I can’t remember her name, only that she was called Sister Superior.

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