When Judith Valente started making regular visits to a Benedictine women’s monastery in Atchison, Kansas, she made friends with 90-year-old Sister Lillian Harrington. Valente asked Sister Lillian if she ever thinks of death. “I don’t think about dying,” she said. “I think about living.” At 75, after retiring as a professor of speech and drama, Sister Lillian reinvented herself as the “pilgrim minister.” She traveled to schools, parishes, and retreat centers where she dramatized Gospel passages and wisdom stories. She performed without notes or a script well into her nineties. She died soon after celebrating her 96th birthday in March (RNS).