Sisters will take part in documentary discussion

March 22, 2013 by

Filmmaker Mary Fishman and two Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia will be part of a panel discussion of the documentary “Band of Sisters” when it opens in Salina.

The 1½-hour film will be shown at the Salina Art Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe Ave., from Friday, April 5, through Thursday, April 11.

The panel discussion will follow the 5 p.m. Saturday showing, and will be in the Salina Art Center, a block south at 242 S. Santa Fe Ave.


Father Frank Coady, pastor of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Salina, will facilitate the panel, which will include producer/director Mary Fishman and Sisters Jean Rosemarynoski and Pat McLennon. Sister Jean is the current vice president and development director of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, while Sister Pat is a former president of the congregation and one of the three sisters who staff the Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia.

Fishman is expected to be on hand for showings throughout the weekend, to talk with filmgoers about her work.

“Band of Sisters” premiered in Chicago in September 2012 and has been shown in Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa, Hartford, Conn., Louisville, Ky., and South Bend, Ind. Upcoming screenings include Seattle and New Orleans.

The documentary was produced in Chicago about the journey of Catholic sisters in the United States from sheltered “daughters of the church” to citizens of the world.

The two main characters are Pat Murphy and JoAnn Persch, both Sisters of Mercy well-known in activist circles across the country for their efforts to assure basic human rights for immigrant detainees and deportees. Other congregations of women religious included in the documentary are the Adrian Dominicans, Sisters of Providence, Sisters of St. Agnes, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Caldwell Dominicans, Amityville Dominicans, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sisters of Loretto and the Congregation of St. Joseph.

The filmmaker, Mary Fishman, attended an elementary school run by the Springfield (Ill.) Dominican Sisters and a Sisters of Mercy high school. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she was an architect and urban planner before switching to filmmaking. She began work on “Band of Sisters,” which is her first film, in 2004.

For details about the Salina Art Cinema’s screening times and admission, go to More information about the documentary can be found online at


2 Responses to “Sisters will take part in documentary discussion”

  1. Mary Fishman on April 11th, 2013 11:26 pm

    Thank you, Sisters Jean Rosemarynoski and Pat McLennon, and to all the Sisters present Saturday April 6th for a wide-ranging and interesting discussion! It was wonderful spending time with you, and seeing the bobbin lace demonstration with Sisters Ramona Medina and Janet Lander.

    And yes, we are working on plans to bring the film to Atlanta! Please check the website for updates.

  2. Jodi Creten on March 25th, 2013 7:59 am

    Wish we could be there to see it, and to hear Jean and Pat! They will represent us well.
    Can you convince Mary Fishman to bring it to Atlanta? We have a great band of sisters here!

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