Many years ago, Sister Camella Menotti lassoed one of her students in the hallways of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Elementary School in Fort Worth.
That’s right. She lassoed him. Like an unruly calf.
“He was acting up, so I threw a lariat over him, right there in the hall,” says Menotti. “We were just having fun.”
COURTESY OF SISTER CAMELLA MENOTTI
National Cowgirl Hall of Fame nominee Sister Camella Menotti
“Several things have remained constant in her life: her love of horses, the rodeo and her faith in God,” Strickland says.
During her youth, Menotti was Dickinson High School rodeo queen and represented the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce at various events. Also, she was named queen of the Texas City rodeo. But it was not all glitter and glamour.
…”I never dreamed of being a nun, but the Lord has a way of catching you and moving you in a different direction,” she says.
Moving from the cowgirl life to the nunnery was not an easy decision.