Meet “the most powerful woman in Rome”

Details:  If the leadership of American nuns is the vanguard of a progressive spirit up against the Vatican, Mother Tekla Famiglietti is a throwback to the past: an orthodox leader who learned the rules of the game and wields power in the all-male world of the Roman Curia. The 75-year-old head of an international order [Read More...]

Amazing: five sisters who were Sisters—and two of them died just a day apart

From the Albany Times Union:  They were Sister sisters who possessed contrasting personalities and were protective of their personal space, but in the end they proved inseparable. Sisterhood defined Sister Jean Marie Wheeler and Sister Elaine Wheeler — biological sisters, Daughters of Charity nuns and career educators — who were in their 90s and lived together for the [Read More...]

Nun speaks out in support of same-sex marriage in Illinois

Really? Yes. Read on: Sister Donna Quinn, a Chicago native who has been a Catholic nun for over 50 years, said it’s about time for Illinois to approve legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. “We believe in this, this has to be done,” she said. “We can do nothing less.” Quinn, the coordinator of the [Read More...]

Report: Obamacare could drive religious order out of the U.S.

Details, from the Daily Caller:  A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the [Read More...]

AUDIO: “Love Cannot Be Silenced”

Sunday, I posted the story of the nun who has composed a kind of anthem in support of sisters.  Turns out, there is a recording of it available via YouTube, complete with a slideshow. Here it is: [Read more...]

The zinging nun: sister writes anthem against Vatican rebuke—UPDATED

Instead of spotlighting a group like, say, these sisters, (who just knocked “50 Shades of Gray” off the top of the Billboard classical chart), the New York Times has decided to go in another direction in writing about Catholic music this holiday season. The result is below. Details: When Kathy Sherman was in college during [Read More...]

Gangnam nuns?!

From the jolly Brandon Vogt.   A sure sign that this phenomenon’s 15 minutes are up: it’s now being done by nuns. [Read more...]

You’ve got to hear this

A group of cloistered nuns has recorded an album of chant, and and the preview (see the video below) is just gorgeous. From the press release: They are young. They are hidden. They are extremely musical. And now they have a worldwide album distribution deal. But they don’t set foot beyond Northwest Missouri’s rolling farmland. [Read More...]

Boom: rise in vocations spurs Cisterican nuns to build new monastery in Wisconsin—UPDATED

Details: Following a vocations boom at Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Madison, Wis., an architecture firm is designing a new monastery complex for the community of Cistercian nuns, the only one in the English-speaking world. “It’s very exciting to see this happening, very providential, the fact that this comes out of so many young [Read More...]

Pennsylvania nuns lacking voter ID call law “unfair and ridiculous”

From the Scranton Times-Tribune: For decades, Sister Jeanne Gallagher, I.H.M., taught young children about government and the importance of voting. As the November election nears, the 86-year-old nun and retired teacher fears the state’s controversial Voter ID law will keep her and other senior citizens from having their say in who leads the country. Sister [Read More...]


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