Meet the Nun Who Is Tackling the Hurricane Irma Cleanup

The chainsaw-wielding Carmelite sister said simply, 'There was a need, I had the means — I wanted to help out'

by FaithZette Staff | Updated 14 Sep 2017 at 10:40 AM

The damage from Irma in Florida is no match for Sister Margaret Ann, a Carmelite nun.

An off-duty police officer snapped a picture of the nun and tweeted it out on the Miami Dade Police Department account.

A sister on a mission (photo credit: Miami-Dade Police Department, Facebook)

"Sister Margaret Ann in action. Thank you to all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this! We are #MiamiDadeStrong," the police department tweeted.

Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami.

On Wednesday, the school posted on its Facebook page: "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."

She found the chainsaw in a closet at her school — and wanted to help.

"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."

The work of this sweet and tough nun has been going viral. With her no-nonsense, can-do attitude, she's swiftly becoming the face of the Hurricane Irma cleanup.

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