What does a chainsaw, a hurricane, and a nun have in common? Sounds like the set up for a joke, doesn’t it? But Sister Margaret Ann from Miami, Florida wasn’t joking around when she took chainsaw in hand and started cleaning up the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Irma, meet Sister Margaret Ann.
Sister Margaret Ann was briefly video recorded on Tuesday after an off-duty police officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department came across the chainsaw-wielding nun while surveying the recent local damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
The community was grateful.
The Miami-Dade Police Department saw this as a symbol of the community coming together. They couldn’t be more appreciative for the opportunity to offer up an unlikely mascot of hope! They wrote in their Facebook post: “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!”
Sister Margaret Ann became a role model.
Sister Margaret Ann, Principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, was also a hit on social media for the school located in southwest Miami.
One of their Facebook posts stated their appreciation as well, 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.”
For Sister Margaret Ann, it’s just another day on the job.
As for Sister Margaret Ann, she’s taking the massive amount of attention all in stride. For her, it’s just another day helping others in any way she can.
“The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through,” Sister Margaret Ann 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.”
Annette Zayas commented on the Miami-Dade police Facebook post, saying, “She attends my parish and always has this warm smile with everyone she meets.”
Another commenter questioned the nun’s proper hand position in using the chainsaw. Eggert Edwald responded to that post and summed it up quite nicely: “I was raised do the best you can, and after the day you can go home proud. That is all we ask for, she rocks.”
What else does she have in the closet?
One might wonder how a high school principal had such quick access to power tools. Students take note.
“The chainsaws were sitting in a closet at school,” Sister Margaret Ann said, “and they didn’t belong there. They needed to be used.”
The devastating Hurricane Irma has certainly taken its wrath on the good people of Florida, but Irma is no match for the spiritual powers of a nun with a chainsaw. Take that, Irma!