Listen to Josephe on Wisconsin Public Radio (original broadcast, July 13, 2011).
Watch Josephe on CBS 58, “Eye To Eye" (20 minute interview originally broadcast Sunday, July 3, 2011, repeated for several Sundays)
Josephe introduces "Rescuing Regina" on Milwaukee's Channel 12, two weeks before the July 6, 2011, book launch.
Thanks, Fox 6 News, for covering Regina & David's wedding anniversary.
About the Author
Sister Josephe Marie, originally named Mary Therese, was born March 3, 1941, the first of three daughters to Mary and Joseph Flynn of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Impressed by the kindness of her first teachers, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mary decided that when she grew up, she too would become a sister. At fourteen, she entered St. Mary's Academy high school and SSND aspiranture. When she was later received as a novice, she chose the name "Josephe Marie" to honor her parents. On July 31, 1961, at age twenty, she professed her vows as a School Sister of Notre Dame.
Sister graduated from Mount Mary College (art major, English minor) in 1969, and in 1983, earned her master's degree in theology from St. Mary's University of San Antonio.
After fifteen years of classroom teaching, she began a full-time career in spirituality, becoming a national speaker, retreat and spiritual director; archdiocesan leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and later, director of adult and family ministry at St. Mary's in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, the large parish where, in April of 2000, she first met Regina and David Bakala.
In June 2005, with Regina's case ongoing, Sister retired from parish ministry to begin writing Rescuing Regina. The following year she also co-founded and currently chairs the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Justice for Immigrants Committee.
Sister Josephe's expertise on immigration issues has brought her wide acclaim as a talented and engaging speaker for groups of any size, adults or teens. "Have mouth, will travel," she quips. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and can easily be contacted by email (above right).
- 2005 US Postal Service, "Women Putting their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee," Humanitarian Award for leading the Save Regina Campaign
- 2005 Archbishop's Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service in Ecumenism (Honors Catholics who exemplify the vision of the Second Vatican Council)
- 2006 African Heritage Award from Africans in Milwaukee, Inc.
- 2007 Rev. Herbert Huebschmann Urban Ministry Award, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, to St. Mary Parish for the Save Regina Campaign
- 2007 Certificate of Appreciation from the Pan African Community Association, Inc.
- 2007 Recognition Award from the Congolese Community of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
- 2010 Faith in Action Award from The New Sanctuary Movement of Voces de la Frontera
- 2011 Honoree, Sterling Awards of Southeastern Wisconsin, Honoring Achievers over 60
- 2012 Honorable Mention Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers in the year's Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Contest