‘God Made The Right Choice Of This Man’ – Sister Has Fun Fielding Calls About New Pope, Also From Argentina
By Jackie Seabolt
Last week when the new pope was announced, Teresa Susana Dandison's phone began to ring.
The Argentina native, known locally as Sister Susie, a nun at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mocksville, had friends wanting to know if perhaps she knew the new pope personally since he, too, is a native Argentinian.
“I have caller ID,” Dandison says. “So I began answering the phone by saying 'What would you like for me to ask him?'”
Dandison says she also began joking with her friends when they asked how she liked the new pope. “I'd say we grew up together.”
But Dandison soon points out she was born and raised in Arrecifes, while Pope Francis is from Buenos Aires.
Dandison says she left Arrecifes in 1950 with her husband and first child and moved to England. In 1955 the family moved to the states and Dandison set about raising her four children.
In 1971 Dandison's husband died at the age of 43. “After that there was a restlessness,” she said. “A question as to whether there was something more to life.”
At a 1974 retreat she discussed her desire for a religious vocation with a nun who advised Dandison to continue to pray about it and …