-- Stephen Colbert
Sister Simone Campbell was 18 years old when she joined the convent and 21 when she took her nun vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Her younger sister and best friend was dying of Hodgkin’s disease. It was the 1960’s and kids were fighting off police dogs and fire hoses while marching in the streets for their civil rights. Simone wanted to join the battle for social justice with a community inspired by the gospel. So she became a nun.
Sister Simone responds with joyful defiance. Now a lawyer and a lobbyist in Washington DC, she is determined to raise the volume of the Sisters’ voices and mission even louder. So she and her organization, NETWORK, launch the first of many "Nuns on the Bus" tours, stirring people up over Paul Ryan’s budget, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform and healthcare.
Their goal is simple: protect the vulnerable and restore fairness to our system. They draw on their faith to fuel that political mission.
Trailer for Nuns On The Bus – The Movie!, a new documentary film in-progress from Sundance award-winning filmmaker Melissa Regan. Click here to help finish the film.
Just last week, Sister Simone's organization NETWORK participated with MomsRising and many other advocates in the White House’s Summit on Working Families, discussing policies for more workplace flexibility, equal pay for women, reducing workplace discrimination, and ensuring families are equipped with elder care, child care, and early childhood education.
“The Holy Spirit is alive and well and making mischief!”
-- Sister Simone Campbell