Deacon Greg has a video and a link to a post from Msgr. Charles Pope that I’d actually seen a while back — it’s all about a sister looking back at the habit her order used to wear, design, purpose, etc.
I personally like the modern habits that are being designed and taken up. The Sisters illustrating the piece by Pope are the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin Matara, a fairly new order that is growing very quickly. Their habit is a simple tunic and scapular, without a collar, and the veil, made of something like denim, so it wears very well, and it is practical for driving or using a backpack. When in Rome last May, I had the pleasure of attending mass with one of them (not the puddle-jumping one you see here) every day at Chiesa Nuova, and her gloriously rich soprano resonating throughout St. Philip Neri’s place is one of my favorite memories of that trip.
I do believe the outward sign of consecration is important for the life of the world, and that the habit is witness that matters, but I don’t hold it against sisters who don’t wear the habit; to everything there is a season.
More from the Habit of Witness series, here at Patheos.