CHICAGO (RNS) — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt starts and ends every day the same way.

With joy and gratitude.

It’s a practice that has been serving Chicago’s beloved Catholic sister, better known simply as “Sister Jean,” for a century now.

“God’s been very good to me, keeping me as healthy as possible and keeping me active and keeping me thinking a straight way and keeping me able to help people,” said the 100-year sister, a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who became a celebrity while serving as chaplain to the basketball team at Loyola University Chicago during its 2018 run to the Final Four.

“All those things I think have helped me live to this age.”

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