Back in September 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the Daughters of St. Paul and spent the weekend with 6 Daughters as well as 8 other young women from different parts of Canada during a Come and See. I was in the presence of such peace and greatness during that weekend, and one of the sisters that I met and also got to interview for The Feminine Genius Podcast was Sr. Helena Burns. I first came to know Sr. Helena Burns through Twitter, and I got to thinking, how peculiar! There are SISTERS on Twitter!
But I remember also thinking that it was pretty amazing. And like I mentioned to her during the interview, I screamed when Sr. Helena followed me back on Twitter!
The next two episodes of The Feminine Genius are devoted to my conversation with Sr. Helena Burns. In this first part, I talk to her about her personal faith journey, her connection to the radical feminist movement, and one of her favourite things to talk about, Theology of the Body:
"He was whispering to me, 'Why do you think I gave you these gifts of journalism and writing and being proficient with words and being a speaker and loving the arts, loving media...I want you to use those!'" — Sr. Helena Burns, FSP
Meet Sr. Helena Burns, FSP
Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, was going to be an ornithologist, but then God zapped her and she is now a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One-Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. Sr. Helena is also studying at the Theology of the Body Institute, PA. She is a movie reviewer for LifeTeen & The Catholic Channel--Sirius XM. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a Theology of the Body curriculum and a daily book for young women entitled He Speaks to You. She is also a regional vocation directress for the Daughters of St. Paul.
Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy & Theology of the Body workshops & courses to youth & adults all over Canada and the U.S., and believes that media can be a primary tool for sharing God's love and salvation. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA: an international woman of mystery.
Stay tuned for part two of my conversation with Sr. Helena Burns! For now, please follow Sr. Helena Burns on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She also has a blog, hellburns.com, where she writes about Theology of the Body, media literacy, and other things.
Sr. Helena, as you might of guessed, is a huge TOB fan! Check out this blog post of hers which has her picks for reading and learning more about Theology of the Body.
To learn more about the Daughters of St. Paul, you can visit their website: http://www.pauline.org/