99-Year-Old Nun Receives Surprising Gift From College Basketball Team (Pictures & Videos Inside)

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This is so awesome!

99-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt received a Final Four ring on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team, which represents Loyola University Chicago.

Sister Jean of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) has been the chaplain of the team since 1994.

In a page dedicated to Sister Jean on the Loyola University website, it says Sister Jean dedicates herself “to Loyola’s student-athletes above and beyond just their spiritual health.

“She believes athletics affords valuable lessons for young people about how to deal with adversity in life.

“At Rambler home games, she can be seen working the crowd, encouraging school spirit and friendly competition, and leading the players in prayer before each game.

“As chaplain of the Water Tower Campus, she takes time to get to know students waiting in line for the intercampus shuttle bus, simply to bring happiness and joy into their lives.”

Amazing!

Time reported that the sister “provides spiritual support and openly prays for victories for the team, often asking the Higher Power to do his part so the team can do theirs.”

They also stated that she’s a “basketball expert” and “created a full scouting report (complete with full fun-downs of the strengths and weaknesses of each player)”

The team gifted her with the Final Four ring before their game against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

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According to the Chicago Sports Twitter account,  the audience chanted, “you deserve it!” while Sr. Jean received the ring.

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Here’s more pictures from this epic evening!

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How People Reacted

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Armando Sanchez, who posted the above photos, said in his tweet, “Sister Jean getting her Final Four ring was the best thing I’ve seen all week.

 

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Also in response to the photos, one user said, “TEARS.”

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Another user said, “Sweet ring! 🙏🏼🙏🏼”

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In response to a video posted on ESPN’s twitter, this user said, “Sister Jean – International Celebrity, #Jesuit special #Ring-er 🙏💍🏀😇.”

Sister Jean first received national recognition earlier this year when the Ramblers shot a three-pointer against Miami at the last second.

Here’s a video from that night:

What a beautiful and holy witness of faith! Thank you, Jesus, for her life!

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