Sister Miriam Paul (Hanna) Klaus

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Sister Miriam Paul (Hanna) Klaus was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. She and her family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, when she was a child.  There she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and M.D. from the University of Louisville.  She entered our Community in 1957 after several years working at Harvard Medical School and Peter Brent Brigham Hospital in Boston.  Following a medical mission of seven years in Pakistan and in what is now Bangladesh, she returned to the U.S. and began lecturing in the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning (NFP).  She also worked several years in St. Louis and then became Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Francis Hospital in Kansas. Moving to Washington, D.C., in 1978, she worked for two years as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University and practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist.  In 1980, Sister Miriam Paul became Executive Director of the Natural Family Planning Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and launched TeenSTAR (“Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility”), a program to educate young people about the value of sexual abstinence. She explains that TeenSTAR was designed as “a counterweight to the prevalent contraceptive inundation approach to youth, in an effort to stem the tide of teen pregnancy and abortion.” Today, nearly 56,000 students have graduated from TeenSTAR programs. Although Sister is no longer the Executive Director, she remains active in its many program components.