Don’t Fall for It: Sister Jean Isn’t on Social Media

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixSister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, BVM, might be at the center of many March Madness memes but she doesn't have any social media accounts herself.

If you go looking for a Sister Jean social media account you won’t find it. The 101-year-old said she can’t seem to keep up with her email inbox, which she said seems to always total over 400 new messages, let alone try to run a Twitter account.

“I’ve taken so much time just to read my ordinary emails,” Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, BVM said in a March 25 press conference. “I cannot seem to get away from that number 400 no matter what I do.”

As the Loyola men’s basketball team advances to the Sweet Sixteen in March Madness, all eyes are back on Sister Jean. Serving as the team’s chaplain, Sister Jean became a national superstar during the Ramblers’ Final Four run in 2018. 

With Sister Jean back in the spotlight comes countless people trying to gain some attention by impersonating the sister online. However, none of the accounts are the real Sister Jean.

Former NBA player Dwayne Wade was among some of those who have fallen for parody accounts pretending to be Sister Jean.

Before replying to the fake Sister Jean account, Wade was on the search for Sister Jean’s contact information. The men’s basketball Twitter account said it would connect the two, but Sister Jean said she has yet to hear from the NBA star.

Wade’s publicist couldn’t be reached prior to publication.

This isn’t Sister Jean’s first time being impersonated online. The same account Wade and others fell for, @SisterJean98, tricked some users in 2019 into thinking Sister Jean was taking a stance on a controversial 2019 news story. 

In the Tweet, the account said they were in “full support” of Covington Catholic students who were at the center of a media storm over a widely viewed videotaped confrontation in Washington D.C., with a Native American activist after an anti-abortion rally, The Phoenix reported.

Loyola cleared up the confusion back then, and Sister Jean said the university’s marketing and communications department keeps an eye on the accounts to make sure they aren’t breaking any rules.

“People should have more to do than that, they should say good things … and get out and help people if they don’t have enough to do at home,” Sister Jean said. 

Twitter allows for parody accounts as long as they explicitly state they aren’t actually the person they’re imitating, according to the website’s policy. Most Sister Jean accounts — including @SisterJean98 — are in accordance with the policy, allowing them to continue tweeting under the chaplain’s name and photo. 

The university doesn’t have any plans for creating official social media accounts for Sister Jean, according to Loyola spokesperson Anna Rozenich 

“While Sister Jean is entertained to hear stories about the parody accounts, she is content to remain off Twitter and other social media platforms,” Rozenich told The Phoenix in a statement. “Her expectation is that those who are contributing to March Madness celebrations remain respectful and kind.”

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