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!):
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 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!
The Passionist Nuns of Whitesville, KY have a new aspirant.
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.
This is a very interesting rumination on the final profession of an Orthodox nun
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.