Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, which posted video and images from the scene.
The department calls the sister’s work another sign that Miami’s community will work together to repair what Irma broke, writing on its Facebook page, “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!”
Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami, which wrote on its Facebook page early Wednesday, “We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day.”
The phrase “chainsaw-wielding nun” is one we didn’t know we would need to use in the wake of Irma, but it shows the breadth of the work it will take to recover from this storm — in Florida, in neighboring states and in the Caribbean.
Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work, chainsaw in hand, by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
“The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through,” Sister Margaret Ann told CNN. “And I saw somebody spin in the mud and almost go into a wall, going off the road. So, there was a need, I had the means — so I wanted to help out.”
The chainsaws were sitting in a closet at her school, Sister Margaret Ann said, “and they didn’t belong there. They needed to be used.”
By using the chainsaw, the nun said, she was trying to live up to something her school teaches its students: “Do what you can to help.”
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