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Dear catholic.com visitors: This Catholic Answers website, with all its free resources, is the world’s largest source of explanations for Catholic beliefs and practices. We receive no funding from the institutional Church and rely entirely on your generosity to sustain this website with trustworthy, accessible content. If every visitor this month donated $1, catholic.com would be fully funded for an entire year. If you’ve never made a gift, now is the time. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar this week only. Thanks and God bless.

Sr. Esther Mary Nickel

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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.

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