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Two Religious Sisters, Two Conventions

Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC (left), spoke at the Republican Convention on Aug. 26. The previous week, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS (right), led the 2020 Democratic National Convention in prayer. (Photos: Getty Images)

The Tablet Staff

During the past two weeks, two prominent Catholic women religious appeared at the conventions the two major parties held.

Wednesday night, Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC, spoke at the Republican Convention. She is a member of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She is an active missionary and the superior of her community in Washington, D.C. Sister Dede, as she is known, is a retired colonel of the U.S. Army. 

She attended Georgetown University, where she completed a surgical residency. During that time, she joined the Army, where she served for 29 years as a doctor and surgeon.

In her speech, Sister “Dede” talked about her personal journey and her service to the poor and refugees in different countries. She said that the largest marginalized group is the unborn and called Trump the “most pro-life president.”

During the Democratic National Convention, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, said a prayer. She had previously spoken at the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions.  Sister Simone is a member of the Sisters of Social Service institute and a lawyer. In 1978, she founded the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, and was the group’s lead attorney for 18 years. From 1995 to 2000, she was the General Director of Sisters of Social Service. In 2012, she led the Nuns on the Bus initiative, created after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a critical assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States. Currently, she is the executive director of NETWORK, a social justice lobby headquartered in Washington D.C..

During her invocation, she talked about the care for the planet and the dignity of human beings.

3 thoughts on “Two Religious Sisters, Two Conventions

  1. How about saying God, or even Holy Spirit!
    As a Cuban-American, I know personally about the open doors, generous hearts and welcoming of America!
    Having had my children educated in a Catholic school with nuns, I can say that none of the loving, caring, pious nuns that taught my children, and were so much a part of our community, ever sounded as negative as this nun.
    America has always been and continues to be light and hope to the world, despite the questioning of its mission by SOME in the democratic party.
    Vote your heart!

  2. Sister “Dede” Byrne is a real Catholic Nun. She is also a US patriot as a soldier, a doctor… She protects the unborn as a specialist. I admire her with full respects. God Bless Sister Byrne.