I love these gals

The Sisters of Life have an office in my building, and I always get a kick out of seeing them on the elevator or in the lobby or striding down the sidewalk, headed for the subway.  They’re a young order, of young women, and they radiate enthusiasm and joy.

The ones I’ve encountered aren’t exactly wilting wallflowers, either.  They’re New Yorkers.  Oh: they’re warm and kind and full of charity.  But I get the distinct impression they don’t take any crap. They have work to do, and places to go.  They’re almost always in a hurry to get somewhere.

Like I said: they’re New Yorkers.

And yes: there’s just something about that habit that does make a difference.

Check out this report about them below.  H/T The A.

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6 responses to “I love these gals”

  1. My eyes welled up with gladness to aCTUALLY SEE nuns so young wearing the Habit!!!!

    YOU will grow and be loved and do wonderful things for the GREATER GLORY of GOD sisters!!!

    When I was 17 I wanted to join the convent. There were no sisters like you around then. Perhaps one day when my family is all grown up and should I just be left I might come and join then.

  2. My teen daughters, although not overly religious (as far as wanting to go to church) were attracted to this group and would watch them on TV. One daughter thought that habit was beautiful and the work they did. They said if they went to college in NY (but they didn’t) they would visit them.

    One young woman from Yale went there recently and they wrote a little article about them. I support them with prayer and monatarily when I can.

  3. There is something about the habit that resonates with many. I recall watching Fr. Groeschel devote a show of EWTN to a foundation seeking funds for aging nuns and sisters and I was quite moved by it. Then midway through the show they put the camera on a sister in the audience, the president of the group, and she was sans habit, nifty in her business best, and she spoke very well, as well as the CEO of a private firm. The foundation got no money from me–not because of her words but because of her appearance which simply contradicted the appearance of the elderly nuns she was seeking money for. But I still contribute to two orders of nuns smart enough to send me appeals with pix of nuns older than I am resplendent in their habits. Nuns today don’t have to look like Mother Theresa to move me to my wallet. But if they look like they may have shopped where a younger Gloria Steinem may have shopped, I’m not the donor for them. There are many worthwhile charities that happily I can choose to support. I’m simply a Catholic still in recovery from the fallout of some of the practices ushered in by Vatican II.

  4. That the Sisters of Life have such a beautiful habit is partly because of their founder, beloved Cardinal John O’ Connor. When the sisters began someone donated some neutral sort of beige material which the sister fashioned into a tunic and (if I remember right) scapular. O’ Connor made note of the lovely, French-designed habit of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (in Nashville) and said, “base your design on that.”

    The blue, of course, is Marian.

    The foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (Mary Anne Mark’s team, who teach) and the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word (retreats and formation) all came from the Nashville gals, and their habits, too, are very similar to the theirs — the DSMME’s have a different veil, while the SSEW’s have a brown cape and scapular above the white, reflecting their “Dominican and Franciscan” heritage. You can see them here:

    Nashville: http://nashvilledominican.org/

  5. While we are on the subject of the religious habit of nuns, how about a “shout out” for the many vowed religious women whose communities have chosen not to wear their traditional habit? They, too, are doing “something beautiful for God.” (By the way, the habit of the order founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was an adaptation of the clothing worn by a widow of her time and included, shockingly, no veil but a cap or bonnet.)

    I have no opinion one way or the other about the issue of what religious wear. My elderly aunt wears a habit although most members of her community do not. She is much loved and respected by her family and the members of her community. Because she is wearing a habit? I don’t think so. I think it’s because she kind and prayerful and loving.

    I am thinking of Mary Scullion, a Sister of Mercy, in my hometown, Philadelphia. She wears contemporary clothes but her charism is very evident. She co-founded Project H.O.M.E, (an acronym that stands for Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education). It is a nationally recognized organization that provides a comprehensive program including supportive housing, employment, education and health care so that chronically homeless and low-income persons can break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. More than 95% of those who have gone through Project H.O.M.E. have never again returned to life on the streets.

  6. THen nuns I see getting the most “TV” attention with vocations, are the Sisters of Life, Fr. Groechel’s sisters, the Sisters of Alma who educate their sisters and help the poor in many waysa and the Domincan Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
    They all have young sisters, a vibrant community and a holiness that appeals to many. The life isn’t easy, but many feel a peace when they visit and know they are home.

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