S. Marian Bohen is an Ursuline Sister who has been involved in the ministry of education throughout a long life. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at a tender age moved to Albany, NY with her
parents and three older siblings. In her early years of schooling she was made very aware of the world beyond her borders. While on the way to earning a bachelor degree at the College of New Rochelle, in the middle of her junior year, she entered the Ursuline novitiate in Beacon, N,Y. After completing her college education she was sent on for further studies in theology in Rome, on the eve of what would be the fresh air of the Second Vatican Council . After further studies, and a year teaching at the College of New Rochelle, she was finally on her way to the experience of which she writes in this memoir, "Wind in the Buffalo Grass." It is an account of the twenty-four years she spent in Indonesia in several different cultural settings. She began the journey in Bandung, then in Jakarta, during the early years of an independent Indonesia. She recounts the time spent in Jakarta during the years of Presidents Sukarno and Suharto. Her work there was two-fold: teaching theology to the young Indonesian Sisters, and teaching English to students at Atma Jaya University, and occasionally working with students
in other universities.
In her later years in Indonesia, She moved to Kalimantan (formerly Borneo) to engage in Pastoral education in the diocese of Banjarman. This involved alternating between planning sessions in the Banjarmasin office and journeys to pastoral centers throughout the diocese, to the small communities in the interior of Kalimantan. The last four years of her time in Indonesia were also in the educational field : as "docent" in theology in the Inter-Diocesan College "Fajar Timur" (Eastern Dawn) in Papua. After four years in Abepura, at this Institute, she realized it was time to "move on" as Papuan men and women were then prepared to take on the work she had been doing. There ends the tale of the experience of those 24 years in Indonesia, and a hint of her "re-entry" into life in her homeland after a long absence.