Nun News for Autumn 2012

I was surprised to receive an email, and a couple of tweets, from people wondering why I had not perpetrated my annual “Nun News” post, focusing on vocations. To be honest, I have just been too busy, but I have been amassing a HUGE list — so large that each time I look at it, I feel too tired to begin. But today is the feast day of St. Terese of Lisieux, so, it seems a good day to get to it (and as ever, thanks to Brian J for the cool logo!):

Let’s start with the Sisters of Life for no other reason than they’re in my header! They’ve clothed 7 New Novices, and celebrated six first professions and one final.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George had a very busy August 15, as they celebrated the final professions of 13 sisters(!), then three first professions, while also clothing two new novices. After catching their breath, they welcomed three new postulants.

In the last six months, our friends the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated two and then four more final professions, clothed novices preparing for first vows, and then received them, and moved a number of postulants into their novitiate.

The Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration received a new postulant and welcomed a sizeable number to their monastic weekend.

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Hanceville celebrated two first professions and one clothing. Their foundation in Arizona celebrated a first profession and has two aspirants.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration: one final profession, two first professions, one novice clothing and two postulants.

The Norbertine Canonesses of Tehachapi, CA are growing like a house afire (pdf) and absolutely must build. They’re in the middle of a capital campaign and are also getting ready to handmake those incredible Christmas wreaths (pdf)! I will be writing more about the wreaths later this month, but those of you who have ordered them in the past know how great they are!

Benedictines of Mary, of Gower MO: four first professions (pdf) and three new novices.

Franciscan Sisters TOR: one first profession and three new novices.

The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ has clothed their new novice Sister Mary Augustine.

The Passionist Nuns of Whitesville, KY have a new aspirant.

The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word, who run retreats, clothed two novices and received two for first profession.

Nashville Dominicans: Beyond counting, just keep scrolling down and clicking.

Dominican Sisters of Mary: Yeah, same story.

Sisters in Jesus the Lord: Begun by a former Maryknoll sister, their apostolate is to Russia, and they are slowly growing: a final profession and a new novice

Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church: Receiving a new candidate (and another soon, I think) and there should be some first professions happening, soon.

Daughters of St. Paul: Four new postulants, and I know they had some final professions. They are very busy ladies; just follow them on facebook! And they have a video.

Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal: five final professions, two first vows.

Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus: several new postulants and novices.

Little Sisters of the Poor: You know I love these gals. four first professions and four novices.

Religious Sisters of Mercy: lots of new growth.

Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist: new novice & first vows and two final vows

Servants of God’s Love: a nice photo gallery of news.

Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: vows and new novices

Children of Mary: Professions

Sisters of Reparation: two final professions

Disciples of the Lord Jesus: a pdf full of vocation news

Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate: perpetual (pdf) and first vows (also pdf)

Sisters of St. Francis of Peoria: a new novice

School Sisters of Christ the King:
professions and entrances.

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara: Six perpetual vows and constant, enormous growth, world-wide. Along with their active apostolate, they have contemplative sisters, as well.

Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: two new novices

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh: first vows

Abbey of St. Walburga: two solemn professions (with unusual coverage, here) and two first professions, but I can’t find the pieces on Sr. Elizabeth and Sr. Maria-Johanna. I believe they have a new postulant, also.

Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand: two sisters make final vows

Maronite Servants of Christ the Light will celebrate their very first “first profession (pdf) in December.

This is a very interesting rumination on the final profession of an Orthodox nun

On Long Island: a Sister of St. Dominican of Amityville: celebrates final vows and a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood does as well.

Imagine Sisters is a movement to promote the religious life. And interestingly, they have this “one rose” idea — give a single rose to a woman you think may have a religious vocation, just to invite her to think about it. A rose…St. Therese. You know, go for it.

I’m sure I am missing many but…there you go. Please don’t give me pain about the number of habited vs unhabited communities highlighted. I find them where I can! And who knows from what discreet corner of a community might come the next Therese.

So, since it is Therese’s feastday, why not say a prayer for vocations. Perhaps pray that each person you meet today might come to understand his or her vocation — the true calling from God, be it to religion, clergy, marriage, singleness — and become open to really hearing that call.

I’ll try to catch up to some of the guys, next week.

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