More Nuns for Britain, But Fewer for the U.S.

Backpacking nuns attending the Beatification of Pope John Paul II in May 2011 (Photo:  Kathy Schiffer)

Why are more women attracted to religious life in Britain, while the number of new vocations continues to decline here in the United States? According to new statistics just released in the United Kingdom, the number of vocations to women's religious orders in Britain has tripled over what it was only five years ago.  And in 2004, there were only seven women who entered British convents, taking the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. According to The G … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, St. Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!

A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today, on March 28, 1515.  She was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  Her feast day is celebrated on October 15, the anniversary of her death.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a c … [Read more...]

Eleven Nuns Who Changed My Life (UPDATED)

Catholic Schools Week

Do you appreciate the Sisters who taught you to add and subtract, to diagram a sentence, to pray and to be kind to your neighbor?  Before Catholic Schools Week is too distant a reflection in the rear-view mirror, I thought I'd step up to thank several of the nuns who helped to shape the person I am today. The reason for my reflection?  Well, Britain's Shadow Secretary of State for Education, the opposition party's leader on education policy, thinks nuns don't make good teachers. Shadow Se … [Read more...]