Sister Esther Mary Nickel, R.S.M., Ph.D., S.L.D. is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. In the summer of 2004, she completed a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute for the Liturgy at Saint Anselm’s in Rome. Her studies and work in Rome fostered a deep appreciation for the liturgical life of the Church. She followed with particular interest the Papal Liturgical celebrations of Pope John Paul II and the liturgical writings of our current Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. She is a Professor of Sacred Liturgy and Sacramental Theology at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado.
"The work of priestly formation these days must involve a strong catechetical component since so many of our people have been deficiently formed. The resources you provide are allowing the Church to do a better job in preparing Catholics to know and defend their faith more effectively."
Sr. Esther Mary Nickel
"The civil authority has been, ever from the days of Herod, the enemy of Christ. The question, now pending, is whether the Church shall admit to ministry those only who, according to the dictation of the civil power, are fit for the office."