Nun With a Chainsaw Clearing Hurricane Irma Debris Is the Hero We Need


A chainsaw-wielding nun sounds like a vision from our nightmares (or maybe Stephen King’s latest movie adaption), but for Miamians who were cleaning up after Hurricane Irma swept through, she was a welcome sight.

Sister Margaret Ann, the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, was chopping down branches on a fallen tree when a local police officer noticed her. We can only imagine the shock and hilarity of stumbling upon a nun in her habit just going to town on a tree with her chainsaw.

The Miami-Dade Police Department posted the officer’s video on their Facebook with a heartwarming message: “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!”

The Archbishop Carroll F. Coleman High School’s Facebook page also posted about Sister Margaret Ann’s kind actions, saying: “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.”

CNN interviewed Sister Margaret Ann to get the back story. “The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through,” she 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.”

She noticed the chainsaws in a closet at the high school, so she grabbed one and did her best to help the relief effort. Sister Margaret Ann hoped her actions would be an example of a lesson the school teaches its students: “Do what you can to help.”

And while Sister Margaret Ann certainly isn’t the only person doing her part in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destruction, her participation is a marker of just how many different people from all walks of life are coming together to clean up the city.

h/t NPR

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