Sister Bernadette: Cowboy Nun From Texas

In the introduction to Sister Bernadette: Cowboy Nun From Texas, Sister Kathleen Francis Honc, O. S. F. writes of Mary Bernadette Muller: “At one of the recent American Miniature Horse Shows, Sister Mary Bernadette Muller received an unprecedented honor. Contemporaries in the miniature horse world gathered from all over the United States to name Sister Bernadette The First Lady of The American Miniature Horse Industry! Testimonial letters acclaimed the “Cowboy Nun from Texas”: her knowledge of miniature horses, her skill at operating a successful horse breeding and training ranch, her prowess as a business woman, her dedication and enthusiasm for the miniature horse industry. These same testimonial letters also acclaimed Sister Bernadette as a woman of God with values of prayer, sacrifice, humility, and poverty, as well as a woman whose joyful love of God shows itself in her every act and word….”

Mary Bernadette Muller was born in 1925 in Northfield, New Jersey. She became a nun at age sixteen, studied music professionally and then taught music for many years, played the organ for the first televised mass in America. After experiencing at age 30 a “dark night of the soul,” Sister Bernadette left the teaching order of Franciscans and became a cloistered nun in the Poor Clare order in New Orleans. There she was put in charge of a group of Cuban nuns who had escaped to America when their monastery in Havana was invaded by revolutionary soldiers. She and the Cuban sisters moved to Corpus Christi (a name the immigrant sisters could speak when they saw it on the map). There began a saga of hilarious, serious, unpredictable, and even miraculous incidents which continued for decades in Corpus and then in Brenham when the sisters moved there and built a new monastery.

Sister Bernadette died of cancer in 1995 just days after planning and hosting a national show for miniature horses.

Quality Paperback. ISBN: 0-937897-98-1 Dimensions in inches: 0.65 x 9.0 x 6.0 61 b/w photographs. 242 pages.