Helping, not fame from chainsaw video, brings true joy, says Carmelite
She inspired many when she rolled up the sleeves of her habit to clean up after Hurricane Irma with a chainsaw.
After the local police department posted a video on Twitter, on 12th September, of Carmelite Sr Margaret Ann Laechelin trimming branches off a fallen tree with a chainsaw, she became an instant hit and a symbol of sorts for the hurricane-ravaged Miami area.
“People are making a big deal about the chainsaw, but I’ve already given my life to God and that’s what brings true joy,” not the fame that came after the airing of the video, said Sr Margaret Ann.
But the community at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, where she is the principal, has been enjoying the fame and the attention it has brought to the suburban Miami Catholic school of 300 students in West Kendall, she said.
“They say ‘Sister, you’re famous. Can I have your autograph?'” she said.
Picture: Carmelite Sr Margaret Ann Laechelin, principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, holds the chainsaw she used to help clean up debris following Hurricane Irma. (CNS photo/courtesy Sr Margaret Ann).Tags: Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, Carmelite, chainsaw, chainsaw video, Hurricane, nun, Sr Margaret Ann, Sr Margaret Ann Laechelin