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About the Author

Karol Jackowski’s life as a nun began in 1964 when she joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend in 1969 with a B.A. in sociology, and then from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a M.A. in theology.

Karol spent half of her life as a nun at Saint Mary’s College, first as a student and then as an administrator in various capacities.  In 1990, she moved to New York City to finish her Ph.D. at New York University.  During this time, she also was the chief operating officer of an East Village novelty store called Alphabets.  

In 1995, Karol left the Sisters of the Holy Cross and became part of the Sisters for Christian Community, an independent, self-governing sisterhood. Karol is now a full-time writer and is also the author of Sister Karol’s Book of Spells and Blessings and Ten Fun Things To Do Before You Die. She lives in New York City.

Television Appearances:   
The O’Reilly Factor – Taped interview aired March 1, 2004

CBS-TV / Early Show – Live Interview with Bryant Gumbel.  March 8, 2000.
WPXN-TV / Daybreak – Bill Owens. Taped Interview. Aired March 19, 2000.

The Ainsley Harriott Show – Taped Interview. Aired April 21, 2000.

WABC-TV /Eyewitness News Sunday Morning –Taped Interview.  Aired: April 21, 2000.

WNBC-TV / Weekend Today in New York, David Novarro. Taped Interview.  Aired: April 23, 2000.

MEDIA TELEVISION / City TV / Toronto.  Shiela Cameron. Taped Interview. Aired: May 4, 2000.

WNYW-TV (FOX)/ Everyday People. Wendy Lehman.
Taped Interview. Aired: May 6, 2000.

ABC-TV/ She TV.  Magee Hickey. Taped Interview. Aired: May 16, 2000.

Radio Interviews:        
ABC RADIO NETWORK/Spotlight.  Bill Diehl. Taped Interview. March 8, 2000.

WOR-AM/ Joey Reynolds Show – National Live Interview.  Aired: March 8, 2000.

Live and taped interviews with stations in Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, Upstate New York, California, Michigan,
Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Toronto, Montreal, and London, Ontario.

Featured in:       
PEOPLE, “Sister Karol’s Book of Spells and Blessings” Book review
                                       by Debby Waldman. November 26, 2001

The Star Ledger (Newark). “Sister Karol explains it all to you,”
            Peter Genovese, November 13, 2000.

            Inside Bookselling this Week, “Ten Fun Thing$ to do before You Die
            Over the Holiday$”, November 13, 2000.

ELLE, (Italian Edition), “Scherzi da Suora,” Luca Dini, July, 2000.
            The Journal News, White Plains, NY, “Mermaids,” Georgette Gouveia,
            Thursday, June 22, 2000.

            NEW YORK POST, “Knickknack nun serves God with glee,” Andrea
            Peyser, Wednesday, May 10, 2000.

            PEOPLE,  “Happy Habits,” April 24, 2000.

            The New York Times, “Ways to Have Fun: A Nun’s Tale,” Alex Witchel
            Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Martha Stewart's "Whole Living" online Magazine, Weekly Blog,  2010 - 2011

ROSIE magazine, “A Nun’s Story: What I Know about the Priests’ Scandal,” November 2002.

Sister Karol’s Book of Spells and Blessings, New York: Hyperion,
    November, 2001.

Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die (revised), New York: Hyperion, March, 2000. (translated in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and German)

    Divine Madness: Why I still want to be a Nun, Ave Maria Press, Notre
    Dame, Indiana. Publication Dates: 1996 – 1999.

    Ten Fun Things to Do before You Die, (original), Ave Maria Press,
    Publication Dates: 1989 – 1999.

Let the Good Times Roll, (cookbook), Ave Maria Press.  Publication
    Dates:  1980 – 1994.

    Home on the Range (cookbook), Ave Maria Press.  Publication Dates:
    1982 – 1991.

Some History:
2000 – 2002:      TV Talk Show Co-host:  Speakeasy, Woman’s talk show on religion and ethics.  Part of Cablevisions MagRack. 

1990 – 2001:      Chief Operating Officer:  ALPHABETS. Managed the business of four specialty retail stores in New York City.
1972 – 1989:      Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. 
Dean of Students (seven years)
Residence Hall Director (seven years)
Campus Ministry (three years)
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