Robert Ellsberg, Dearest Sister Wendy

We know the names Fred Rogers and Bob Ross, two staples of PBS television for many decades. But did you ever catch PBS re-airing the BBC’s Sister Wendy’s Odyssey, Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour, or Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting?

I can remember thumbing through the limited number of channels before there were countless TV options and landing on these strange art shows hosted by a nun, of all people. With her soft South African accent, Sister Wendy gave insight into the story behind many art pieces.

“She was an unlikely celebrity: diminutive, dressed in a medieval-looking black habit of her own design, her lively and intelligent features offset by large spectacles,” said Robert Ellsberg on the CBF Podcast Conversation.

Ellsberg, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books, has written a book about his fascinating pen-pal relationship with Wendy Becket, entitled: Dearest Sister Wendy. He also contributes to America and the National Catholic Reporter, authoring several books, including All Saints, The Saints Guide to Happiness, and A Living Gospel.

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.

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