On be­ing young, bira­cial and suc­cess­ful

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

4 3 She started don­ning the nuns’ habit at the height of the Oc­cupy Wall Street move­ment in 2011, in protest against the US Congress declar­ing pizza a vegetable (thwart­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s plans for health­ier school lunches).

‘If pizza was a vegetable, I was a nun,’ she says. ‘So I put on a nun out t and started go­ing out to protests, and the move­ment dubbed me Sis­ter Oc­cupy.’ At that time she was al­ready run­ning a med­i­cal marijuana busi­ness with her brother, after help­ing her nephew over­come his heroin ad­dic­tion. After a fall­ing-out with her brother, Sis­ter Kate de­cided to start a ‘sis­ter­hood of ther­apy plants’. A mu­tual friend in­tro­duced her to Darcy John­son, 24, and after a halfhour phone con­ver­sa­tion, Darcy moved to Cal­i­for­nia. The sis­ters are branch­ing out – a third mem­ber, Sis­ter Rose, was re­cently or­dained, and they’re talk­ing to women in other parts of the US who are in­ter­ested in join­ing their or­der.

‘I al­ways wanted to be a sis­ter,’ Sis­ter Kate told The . ‘But I couldn’t be in a sis­ter­hood that wasn’t em­pow­ered. I try to em­u­late the Catholic nuns’ stan­dard of ex­cel­lence. They stood for some­thing. I’m try­ing to bring that back.’

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