The Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City has announced Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is the keynote speaker for the 22nd Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools. The dinner will take place Oct. 21, at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Sister Miriam James joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community serving global areas of deepest apostolic needs, after graduating from the University of Nevada-Reno. In addition to speaking, she has worked with elementary school students, in parish ministry, as a high-school volleyball coach and a Catholic radio host.
Sister Miriam James often speaks on the topics of healing, forgiveness, conversion, sports, beauty and authentic love. Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, the National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, as well as the Steubenville conferences, the Share Jesus Campaign and international conferences and retreats.
Her Twitter handle is @onegroovynun.
The Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools serves as the single largest fundraiser benefiting 16 Catholic school systems throughout Northwest Iowa. Those schools are located in Algona, Alton, Boone, Carroll, Danbury, Denison, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Le Mars, Pocahontas, Remsen, Sheldon, Spencer, Sioux City and Storm Lake.
More than 6,000 students receive a faith-based education every year with 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner being distributed back to the schools in the form of educational enhancement grants.
Last year’s dinner featured Creighton Men’s Basketball Coach Greg McDermott who drew a crowd of just under 800 attendees. The event raised $195,000 for Catholic schools.
However, Bishop Walker Nickless emphasized the dinner was much more than a fundraiser.
“It’s an opportunity to come together as a family to support Catholic school teachers and celebrate Catholic education,” he said. “What a blessing it is to have our Catholic schools – a place to be able to talk freely about God, about faith and about things that are really important to our lives.”
Tickets to the dinner go on sale Sept. 3 and can be purchased at scdiocese.org or by calling the Diocese of Sioux City at (712) 255-7933.