Local Nun Releases A Book About The History of Her Sisters

Posted November 15, 2004 at 8:44 a.m. CST

Jonesboro--The Holy Angels Convent in Craighead County is a rich part of Northeast Arkansas history. Now one sister wants to tell you all about it.

Sister Henrieta Hockle, signed copies of her new book 'On High Ground' on Sunday at the Jonesboro Public Library.

"It's about our community of Olivetan Benedictines in Northeast Arkansas," said Sister Henrietta.

The history of the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters is one that dates back 116 years. Sister Henrieta has managed to research and write the story in 3 years. The 77-year-old says she enjoyed writing the book.

"On High Ground' chronicles the sisters journey in the 1800's from the Swiss Alps, to their present day location here in Craighead County. Locals want to know the story just as bad as the sisters want to tell it.

"The sisters are a part of this community, and a part of this history. I think a lot of the positive developments that occur here are a direct result of them being here," said Susan Hanrahan, who just bought the book.

St. Bernards hospital is one of those positive developments. The sisters founded the hospital in the early 1900's.

"It was started because of the malaria fever epidemic. There was no place for the doctors to treat people. So they persuaded the sisters to open a hospital," said Hockle.

St. Bernard is only a slice of the sisters rich history.

"It's a story of the ups and downs the hardships the experiences over the years," said Hockle.

It's a story that is now forever captured trough the eyes of Sister Henrieta Hockle. A copy of the book will be available to check out at the Jonesboro public library.