“You’re too pretty to be a nun!”

A woman entering religious life writes in Huffington Post:  When I tell people I’m going to be a nun, they are shocked. Their eyebrows shoot up, their jaws drop, their beers spill onto the bar. “You’re too normal to be a nun,” they say. “You’re too smart.” “You’re too pretty!” This last one took me [Read More…]

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Hail Mary Pass? Nuns rent out rooms at Phoenix monastery for Super Bowl, raise money for charity

From The Arizona Republic and azCentral:   You could say, it’s a different kind of Super Bowl experience. “I’ve never been in a convent or ministry where there haven’t been football fans,” said Sister Linda Campbell from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in West Phoenix. The 66 year old nun is a self-proclaimed die hard Arizona [Read More…]

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Galveston-Houston copes with declining number of nuns

From The Houston Chronicle: The decline in the numbers is a bit of a paradox. It well could be the defining problem facing the institution in coming decades, yet the sisterhood publicly faces it without blanching. “The numbers affect the general public and the media more than they do us personally,” said Sister Heloise Cruzat, [Read More…]

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Paying tribute to an artist inspired by Andy Warhol—and who happened to be a nun

  Image: from NPR, courtesy the Corita Art Center And you’ve probably seen her work and not even realized it. Who knew? From NPR: Corita Kent’s silkscreens were once compared to Andy Warhol’s; her banners and posters were featured at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and ’70s; she made the covers of [Read More…]

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Happy New Year, happy new orders!

A few of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace, from their website. Some heartening news from the good people at The National Catholic Register:  The Holy Spirit is breathing new religious orders into being, like desert wildflowers after a storm. Conversion is a common ingredient. Striving to be “salt of the earth” that [Read More…]

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It’s here: Vatican report on U.S. nuns

From CNS:  A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics [Read More…]

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Meet the nun who coaches college football

Really. This is pretty terrific. From The New York Times: The celebration after the College of St. Scholastica won its fourth consecutive conference football championship resembled an extended family gathering this month. Oblivious to the numbing cold, players, coaches, family members and students lingered on the field, exchanging hugs and posing with the Upper Midwest [Read More…]

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Are you free Wednesday night? Stop by and spend an hour with Jesus, the Little Sisters, and me

I got a very nice email a couple months back from The Little Sisters of the Poor, inviting me to take part in their monthly Holy Hour for vocations here in Queens. I was happy to accept. I’ll be there tomorrow, Wednesday October 22, at 6:30. I’ll offer a brief reflection on my own vocation and, I [Read More…]

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Watch out, Madonna: Sister Cristina turns “Like a Virgin” into a prayer—UPDATED

This is something. Italy’s fabled “Singing Nun” from “The Voice” has released her first video, and it is lightyears from what Madonna must have imagined. The original video, of course, featured the singer gliding through the canals of Venice as a bride. Well, here we have the singer as a bride of Christ. Singing in and around churches. [Read More…]

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The “gradual” homecoming of Sister Theresa, an atheist who became a nun

We’ve been hearing a lot the last couple days about the theological concept of “gradualism.”  Critics have been dismissive, even scornful.  But the newest blogger at Patheos happens to be a product of “gradualism”: Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble (is that a great name, or what?).  Her story is gripping, and not quite what anyone would expect. [Read More…]

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