Origin Story

Four young women who had all spent a year doing volunteer work in inner-city Chicago neighborhoods and living with Catholic Sisters founded Sophia Community in 1993. Inspired by the Sisters’ lifestyle, they created their own form of community life. The women at the center of this story are Kris Funk, Kathy Lenney, Elise O’Connell and […]

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Retreat Fun Despite Pandemic
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Yusuf was coy about the content when he proposed a session on “educational stuff” during our retreat planning, but we were intrigued enough to put it on the schedule. It turned out to be a classroom “lesson” on Chicago’s single stream recycling system, complete with Powerpoint presentation, pre-test quiz, review of the rules and reasons […]

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Retreats are Priceless
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Retreats are one of the major bonding activities our community engages in. They are a time for fun, spontaneity, long meals, walks along the beach, and deliberate consideration of issues facing the community. Lisa has gone away twice a year for almost 25 years for our weekend retreats, and she still finds them enjoyable and […]

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