Who becomes a nun in 2015?

A writer with Pacific Standard asked that question—and found some answers: The number of Catholic sisters in the U.S. has steadily declined from a peak in 1965 of 181,421, to about 49,883, according to a 2014 report by researchers at Georgetown University. By 2009, just one percent of sisters were under the age of 40. In fact, [Read More…]

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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Nun…

From a nun, of course, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble:  To preface this list, I have to say that most people I meet are very kind and excited to speak to a religious sister. Atheists. Muslims. Bikers. Former Catholics. Punks. People from all kinds of backgrounds and views love nuns. It makes sense. Kids know that [Read More…]

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Dominican Sisters returning to Oprah: “I think she was open to God’s grace”

The scoop, from Aleteia:  t was the last year of the Oprah show in Chicago and production staff were discussing what stories they hadn’t covered in their 25 year history. One woman spoke up. An “authentic” women’s religious community, she said. Oprah was hesitant. “Do you really think a community like that would be willing [Read More…]

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Notre Dame to honor Little Sisters of the Poor

The press release arrived in my mail box this morning:  The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their Mother Provincial, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “For more than 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have dedicated [Read More…]

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Pope to sisters: “What would the Church be without you? I love you very much”

View image | gettyimages.com From his homily Thursday night in St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Gratitude and hard work: these are two pillars of the spiritual life which I have wanted to share with you this evening. I thank you for prayers and work, and the daily sacrifices you make in the various areas of your apostolate. [Read More…]

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Pope makes unscheduled trip for private meeting with Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington

I presided at a Holy Hour and Benediction at a facility run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens last night, and one of the sisters mentioned something about this to me. “The Holy Father is visiting us in Washington,” she said discreetly, “but no one is supposed to know.” I didn’t think much of [Read More…]

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New York Times: Millennials bucking the trend and becoming nuns

How cool is this?: While the number of women entering religious life has been in a steep decline since the mid-1960s, it is notable and even startling that a contemplative order like the Dominican Nuns of Summit — where the sisters live in cloister and practice a life of prayer — would be able to attract young, [Read More…]

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A beautiful glimpse inside a cloister: “It’s like being around a bunch of young women who were in love”

The New York Times offers this preview of a new book, due out later this month, and the women who made it happen: The idea of a cloistered life strikes some as one of severity and silence, of running away from a broken heart or a broken life. But as Toni Greaves discovered when she [Read More…]

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Scranton installs nun as first parish life coordinator

From The Scranton Times-Tribune: When Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera envisions the future of diocesan churches, he sees St. Patrick’s Church in White Haven as a model. The church has a priest, the Rev. Michael J. Kloton, who also oversees Immaculate Conception, a separate, independent parish 8 miles away in Freeland. When Father [Read More…]

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“Fastest nun in the West” moves toward sainthood

Details:  An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday. Supporters and researchers presented their case before the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at a ceremonial “first inquiry” in Albuquerque on why Sister Blandina [Read More…]

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