Sisters from Mexico arrive to serve the “mission territory” of North Dakota

From The Williston Herald newspaper: An influx of Hispanic workers in the western North Dakota oil patch is transforming the Roman Catholic Church. Father Russell Kovash, of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, said the Catholic church has the largest denomination in the country, and he has a hunch it does in the state as well. St. [Read More…]

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“Singing Nun” Sister Cristina releasing an album for Christmas

Details:  Sister Cristina is back! Though in reality she never went away. After her breakout performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” on Italy’s “The Voice,” Sister Cristina Scuccia went on to not only win the final competition but land herself a recording deal with Universal. With the world stunned and wooed by her explosive vocal talent, the young nun [Read More…]

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Horror: nuns raped, murdered in Burundi

Details:  When 79-year-old Sister Bernadetta Boggian, of the Saverian order, called Father Mario Pulcini on Sunday afternoon to tell him that she had just discovered two of her elderly colleagues brutally raped and murdered in their convent in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, she had no idea she would face the same fate just nine [Read More…]

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Statistics show “signs of life” among sisters

Some interesting insight from the 1964 blog at CARA:  In spring 2014, CARA began analyzing membership data reported by the religious institutes of women in the United States as listed in The Official Catholic Directory (OCD). Forthcoming is a CARA Special Report based on this research entitled, Population Trends among Religious Institutes of Women. This post presents a [Read More…]

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Killers dressed as nuns: a new terror threat?

From Nigeria:  The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned the general pub­lic to be wary of persons of questionable charac­ters who may disguise in Catholic Church Reverend Sisters’ regalia to perpe­trate heinous crimes on innocent citizens. According to a release signed by Deputy Director, Public Relations (DSS), Mari­lyn Ogar, msi, the warning became necessary [Read More…]

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Sister Elizabeth Johnson fires back at bishops, calls investigation wasteful

Details from Religion News Service:    A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday (Aug. 15), saying their investigation of women’s orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up. Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership [Read More…]

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From Iraq: “We are surprised that some countries in the world are silent about what is happening”

From last week, here’s a poignant and personal glimpse at what is happening in Iraq, from the Dominican Sisters who are staying behind: Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends, Thank you for journeying with us through prayers and support in the past few months. It really is a time of peril and we are hoping that [Read More…]

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“Your vocation is not about you”

Good stuff here:  It is quite traditional and correct to speak of “discerning a vocation” – particularly to consecrated life or the priesthood, though also in regard to marriage, careers, and other major commitments. In modern Western culture, however, the idea of vocational discernment has become problematic, producing unnecessary indecision and anxiety. The problem is not [Read More…]

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For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More…]

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Santa Fe pursuing sainthood for “Fastest Nun in the West”

From the AP:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, [Read More…]

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