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ANN ARBOR: Local nuns enter game-show spotlight; season begins Thursday

From left, Ann Arbor nuns, Sister Peter Joseph, Sister Evangeline and Sister Maria Suso, celebrate on the set of the Game Show Network’s “American Bible Challenge.” The first show of the new season airs March 21 at 9 p.m. At right is show host Jeff Foxworthy.

A trio of nuns from Ann Arbor will be in the national spotlight March 21 when they compete in the season-opener of “The American Bible Challenge” on the Game Show Network.

Combining their love of scripture with their of love games, Team Sisters of Mary — which includes novices Sister Peter Joseph and Sister Evangeline, and Professed Sister Maria Suso — is vying for a total prize purse of $140,000.

“This isn’t something we would normally do,” Maria Suso said last week. And though she couldn’t reveal any outcomes, it was a memorable experience.

“We all enjoyed it very much,” she said. “We really believed it was God’s will we were there.”

The nuns visited Hollywood in January to participate in the show. Tonight’s first episode features Team Sisters of Mary competing with Team Anointed Ink from Texas and Team Preachin’ Divas from California. All told, 18 teams will vye for the top spot and prize money for their specific charity.

Team Sisters of Mary will use any winnings to help older members of their order as they advance into retirement.

“The American Bible Challenge,” which is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, tests contestants’ knowledge of the Bible. This season promises “brand new games that put their spiritual and physical talents to the test.”

In addition to seeking money for charity, Maria Suso said appearing on the game show is a way of practicing their mission of New Evangelization.

“When people think about evangelization, they tend to think about going to places where Jesus has never been preached. Where no one has ever heard about him (or) somewhere where  civilization hasn’t gone before,” she said.

This opportunity, however, is a chance for the nuns to reach out to people who may know religion but are disconnected from the teachings of the church. Continued...

“And so the New Evangelization is about re-bringing the Gospel to people who have heard about Christ but in new ways,” she said.

Maria Suso describes the Sisters of Mary as a new community, founded 16 years ago by Mother Assumpta and three other Sisters. Since then, it has grown to 120 Sisters, most of whom are in their 20s.

“We’re a very young community ... so we don’t fit a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Sisters,” Maria Suso said. “And I think that going on the show is kind of a bold move. We want to show the life that Christ brings and (how) there’s a lot of joy in being a Christian and being a Catholic.”

Show host Foxworthy said the Sisters of Mary are something to behold.

“These nuns are fun, funny and let me tell you, they came to win,” he said. “Viewers are going to really enjoy seeing them in action.”

Locally, viewers can find GSN on Comcast channel 179 and 710, DIRECTV channel 233 and DISH Network channel 116.

For more information on the Sisters of Mary, see www.sistersofmary.org.
A trio of nuns from Ann Arbor will be in the national spotlight March 21 when they compete in the season-opener of “The American Bible Challenge” on the Game Show Network.

Combining their love of scripture with their of love games, Team Sisters of Mary — which includes novices Sister Peter Joseph and Sister Evangeline, and Professed Sister Maria Suso — is vying for a total prize purse of $140,000.

“This isn’t something we would normally do,” Maria Suso said last week. And though she couldn’t reveal any outcomes, it was a memorable experience.

“We all enjoyed it very much,” she said. “We really believed it was God’s will we were there.”

The nuns visited Hollywood in January to participate in the show. Tonight’s first episode features Team Sisters of Mary competing with Team Anointed Ink from Texas and Team Preachin’ Divas from California. All told, 18 teams will vye for the top spot and prize money for their specific charity.

Team Sisters of Mary will use any winnings to help older members of their order as they advance into retirement.

“The American Bible Challenge,” which is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, tests contestants’ knowledge of the Bible. This season promises “brand new games that put their spiritual and physical talents to the test.”

In addition to seeking money for charity, Maria Suso said appearing on the game show is a way of practicing their mission of New Evangelization.

“When people think about evangelization, they tend to think about going to places where Jesus has never been preached. Where no one has ever heard about him (or) somewhere where  civilization hasn’t gone before,” she said.

This opportunity, however, is a chance for the nuns to reach out to people who may know religion but are disconnected from the teachings of the church.

“And so the New Evangelization is about re-bringing the Gospel to people who have heard about Christ but in new ways,” she said.

Maria Suso describes the Sisters of Mary as a new community, founded 16 years ago by Mother Assumpta and three other Sisters. Since then, it has grown to 120 Sisters, most of whom are in their 20s.

“We’re a very young community ... so we don’t fit a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Sisters,” Maria Suso said. “And I think that going on the show is kind of a bold move. We want to show the life that Christ brings and (how) there’s a lot of joy in being a Christian and being a Catholic.”

Show host Foxworthy said the Sisters of Mary are something to behold.

“These nuns are fun, funny and let me tell you, they came to win,” he said. “Viewers are going to really enjoy seeing them in action.”

Locally, viewers can find GSN on Comcast channel 179 and 710, DIRECTV channel 233 and DISH Network channel 116.

For more information on the Sisters of Mary, see www.sistersofmary.org.

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