As the “nones” rise, the nuns decline. So it goes in America, where an increasingly irreligious culture seems intent on dropping the cloister like a bad habit. A new VICE Magazine piece describes the plight of American nuns in some detail, focusing on a handful of elderly sisters who live together in a nursing home after the shuttering of their nearby convents. Their unhappy story is important for those who wonder about the future of religious orders in the U.S.
ELSEWHERE: Black-and-White Flight, or, Where Have All the Nuns Gone?
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Martyn Jones is a Chicago-area writer with abiding interests in phenomenology, reformed theology, and contemporary fiction. Since graduating from Wheaton College in 2010, he has worked for Apple, written for Groupon, and received his M.A. in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Marty writes sporadically for supercurriculum.blogspot.com, and you can follow him on Twitter: @martynwendell.