Sister Margaret Ann, the principal of a Miami-area high school, has become an internet sensation after a police officer spotted her wielding a chainsaw while cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.
ChurchPOP is reporting on the story of Sister Margaret, a Carmelite and principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall, Florida, who decided that a nearby tree that was blocking the road had to go.
“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. And so there was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out.”
The “means” she was referring to was a chainsaw which she found in the closet of the school. She picked it up and went to work.
As she was cutting up the tree, a Miami-Dade police officer happened by and couldn’t believe his eyes – a habit-clad nun wielding a chainsaw in the middle of the road! He whipped out his cellphone and video-taped the scene, then posted it on the police department’s Facebook page.
“One of our off duty officers was happy to find Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School pitching in by cutting trees to clear the neighborhood roadways,” the post read. “As we recover from #HurricaneIrma, these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty! Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this! #MiamiDadeStrong”.
Sister Margaret later told CNN’s OutFront: “We teach our students: Do what you can to help other people, don’t think of yourselves. That’s what I wanted to do.”