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Sister Jean, Loyola Ramblers feted at Illinois state Capitol

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and members of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers brought their Final Four fame to the state Capitol

Published on May 9, 2018 9:00PM

Last changed on May 9, 2018 11:53PM

Loyola men's basketball head coach Porter Moser was introduced by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, during a brief ceremony in the House chamber Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The 32-6 team that went to the NCAA Final Four tournament in March were lauded Wednesday in separate ceremonies in the House and Senate. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)

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Loyola men's basketball head coach Porter Moser was introduced by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, during a brief ceremony in the House chamber Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The 32-6 team that went to the NCAA Final Four tournament in March were lauded Wednesday in separate ceremonies in the House and Senate. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, was the center of attention on the House floor when the team was honored Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Schmidt, Coach Porter Moser and three players from the team that went to the NCAA Final Four tournament in March were lauded in separate ceremonies in both the House and the Senate. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)

The Associated Press

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, was the center of attention on the House floor when the team was honored Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Schmidt, Coach Porter Moser and three players from the team that went to the NCAA Final Four tournament in March were lauded in separate ceremonies in both the House and the Senate. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and her Loyola-Chicago Ramblers brought their Final Four fame to the state Capitol.

The 98-year-old Catholic nun is a chaplain of the team that made it to the NCAA men's basketball tournament's semi-final game before losing to Michigan 69-57.

She, Ramblers Coach Porter Moser and several cagers from the 32-6 team were lauded Wednesday in separate ceremonies in the House and Senate.

Sister Jean opened legislative sessions with prayers. She gained national acclaim for her fandom and for praying before each Loyola game for her Ramblers and for their opponents.

Moser bragged that Loyola and Harvard have the highest graduation rates of any Division I schools nationally.

The Naperville native says the Ramblers' roster has seven Illinoisans. There was one when he arrived in 2011.



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