Karol Jackowski’s life as a nun began in 1964 when she joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend in 1969 with a B.A. in sociology, and from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a M.A. in theology.

Karol spent half of her life as a nun at Saint Mary’s College, first as a student and then as an administrator in various capacities. In 1990, she moved to New York City to finish her Ph.D. at New York University. During this time, she also was the chief operating officer of an East Village novelty store called Alphabets.  

In 1995, Karol left the Sisters of the Holy Cross and became part of the Sisters for Christian Community, an independent, self-governing sisterhood. Karol is now a full-time writer. Her books include Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings & Folk Magic and Ten Fun Things To Do Before You Die. She lives in New York City.

Some History:          

2000 – 2002

TV Talk Show Co-host: Speakeasy, Woman’s talk show on religion and ethics. Part of Cablevisions MagRack. 

1990 – 2001

Chief Operating Officer: ALPHABETS. Managed the business of four specialty retail stores in New York City.
1972 – 1989

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. 
Dean of Students (seven years)
Residence Hall Director (seven years)
Campus Ministry (three years)