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Sister Charla Bulko

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My name is Sister Charla Bulko (Sister Char, please!)  I am a Franciscan whose base is in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Bark Lake, the tiny lake community near Holy Hill.  I went to grade school in a two-room school—My gray hair is a good cue to this!  I received my teaching experience at Alverno College and put that to use teaching in Hartford, Menomonee Falls, Newburg and finally Whitefish Bay.  Wanting to do more for struggling students, I received a Masters in Reading therapy from Kalamazoo, Michigan and started a clinic for children and adults with learning difficulties.  After doing HR for my Religious Order, I was blessed with the 13 happiest years of my life serving as a Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.  This was followed by perhaps my most interesting work: director of a domestic violence program in Dubuque, Iowa.  My roommate, Sister Carol, can boast being the only member of our Order who had a bartender’s license (running a concession stand at County Stadium), I can tell stories of riding in police cars and other adventures with first responders.  I thought my days of being privileged to share my faith with children had been over.  I am so excited to once again sit with young people and study, reflect, and live out together what it means to be the hands and heart of Jesus.

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