Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, a 98-year-old nun, serves as the team chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago men’s basketball team, which won its first NCAA tournament game in decades with a thrilling buzzer beater earlier today. You can watch Sister’s Jean’s post-game interview with Rosalyn Gold-Onwude here:
She was also profiled by the New York Times yesterday:
Coach Porter Moser and his players had the most to do with Loyola’s bid to go to the N.C.A.A. tournament this week, the program’s first appearance in the field in 33 years. But even they acknowledge that Sister Jean’s presence and influence are undeniable.
She has her own plaque in the university’s hall of fame. She has had her own bobblehead night. And inside the weight room at Loyola’s athletic center, Sister Jean’s words, “Worship, work, win,” are displayed prominently. But it is the words painted on another wall outside of Gentile Arena — a quote from St. Ignatius of Loyola — that may better point to the power of her personality:
Go forth and set the world on fire.
“She exemplifies that,” Moser said. “She lights up every room she goes into. She’s always smiling. She has an energy about herself. I connect with that.”