Christine, Sister (1866-1930)—Christine Greenstidel, born at Nuremburgh in Germany on 17.8.1866, eldest of six daughters of Frederick Greenstidel. Resident of 418, Alfred Street, Detroit, with her parents at the age of 3. Having lost her father at 17, took up teaching. Humility, courage and self-sacrifice were her principal characteristics. First saw and heard Swamiji at the local Unitarian Church on 14.2.1894, along with her friend Mrs. Mary Funke. Attended all his 8 lectures there. Learning of Swamiji’s spending the summer at Thousand Island Park travelled there with Mrs. Funke locating him after a weary search and gladly accepted by him to join the group of disciples assembled there whom he was teaching. Initiated them and gave vows of brahmacharya to Christine who became known as Sister Christine. Gave up teaching. Visited London in July 1899 with Mrs. Funke to meet Swamiji on his arrival there, his second-trip to the West. Met sister Nivedita there. One of Swamiji’s most beloved disciples, in the blessed company of Swamiji for about a week at her Detroit residence (528, East Congress Street) in July 1900. Came to India (7.4.1902) and dedicating herself to the cause of women’s education in India joined Sister Nivedita’s School for Girls (1903). Due to failing health returned to America (1914). Came back to India (1924) and resumed work but her health failing, was looked after by Boshi Sen. Ailing, she was taken to Belur Math where she stayed for a few days. Before she returned to America finally (1928), she was given the money Swamiji had left for her. Died at New York on 27.3.1930. The Prabuddha Bharata published her reminiscences of Swamiji serially (January-December 1931) under the title “Memoirs of Sister Christine”. Its golden Jubilee number (1945) too carried an article by her. Her reminiscences in Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda (3rd ed., pp. 187-88) included Swamiji’s prophecy about forthcoming revolutions in Russia and China, “The next great upheaval which is to bring about a new epoch will come from Russia or China. I can’t quite see which, but it will be either Russia or China.” Swamiji’s numerous letters to her and her memoirs provide much information about Swamiji.