Does Obama Admin haves issues with Catholic Nuns?

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On it's face, the question sounds ridiculous until you consider this, and now this:Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one. The single delegate whose visitor visa was denied happens to be the group’s only Christian from Iraq.Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cat … [Read more...]

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh: A Humble Way of Mercy

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A few years ago I happened to be sitting at a conference breakfast next to Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who at that time was serving as director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. -- a position of weight, responsibility and connections that might be a terrible temptation to ego in another person. Sister Mary Ann managed to wear it lightly, yet powerfully and to great effect. As we munched on sausages and scrambled eggs, I marveled at her energy and … [Read more...]

No Nuns Stuck in Elevators!

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Dominincan Nuns at Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery (aka "the soap nuns"*) running out of room and launching a very necessary capital campaign meant to create enough space for younger women to find their monastic vocations, and older sisters to manage their way around multiple levels.Part of their renovation plans would include a ramp for the less mobile among us, and a better elevator that the antiquated lift that is now in use. Over the weekend, the nuns … [Read more...]

A Chance to Make One More Charitable Donation before 2014 Ends!

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On January 1st, Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP will be pronouncing solemn vows, promising to live out the rest of her life within the enclosure of her monastery in Summit, New Jersey.Sister writes of what that means to her, here.We are called “sister” as spiritual mothers, we have a duty or right to maternally care for the spiritual well-being of our spiritual children and the salvation of souls, particularly as contemplatives recommending them in prayer; to br … [Read more...]

“Sisterhood” May be Reality-TV for Reality-TV Haters

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Maybe.When it was announced that Lifetime network would be airing a "reality" series chronicling five young women as they "discerned" whether or not they have religious vocations, I was as skeptical as Diana von Glahn, who felt pure dread at the prospect.More than dreading, I was a bit repulsed by the very idea. Having experienced my own vocational discernment as long-looking -- a process both serious and slow, and full of challenges to my own self -- the notion that five women being … [Read more...]

Praying for those who pray for us…

As our friends in Summit are reminding us, Pope Francis says today, November 21, is a day to thank God for cloistered religious: At the end of today’s general audience, Pope Francis noted that this Friday, Nov. 21, is the liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Noting the Church will celebrate the Day pro Orantibus, dedicated to cloistered religious communities, he said, “It is an opportune occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many persons that, in mon … [Read more...]

“Mrs. Bishop” and the Theology of “but of course!”

It was a little over a year ago that a lady around these parts had declared herself to be Long Island's First Female Catholic Priest and managed to be kind of off-putting about it.Her vanity hits the nadir when she refuses to disclose her age. She wants to pastor the people, and gather them in, or something…but she will not give enough of herself, be open enough with herself, to even tell them her age.Ain’t she priestly, though? Really pastoral! Just like Francis!Today we read of ano … [Read more...]

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, comes to Patheos

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Amid all the layfolk, Patheos' Catholic Channel has enjoyed hosting the blogs of two fine priests, one deacon, and one cinema-savvy religious sister, who is more or less "shared" with the Entertainment group. Now, we are happy to add another sister -- unsurprisingly, a second Daughter of Saint Paul -- to the mix. We are happy to announce the arrival of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, who brings her excellent blog, Pursued by Truth into our lineup!Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former … [Read more...]

2 Late (as in New) Entries to the Vocation Post – UPDATED

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Nothing is static. I recently posted my annual "Nun News Roundup" piece (which had helpful reader additions in the combox), but just a few days later -- on a great Marian Solemnity -- these two very Mary-connected communities welcomed newbies!I knew the Summit Dominicans were expecting a postulant in October (and more to come this year; that's why they desperately need to succeed in their building campaign), but not this early. Yesterday they welcomed Sister Emily, and decked her out in … [Read more...]

Nun News: Autumn Vocation Roundup 2014 – UPDATED

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There has been "so much" Nun News this year that I have already posted not one, but two "mini-roundups" on the happenings concerning Catholic female religious.But on this Feastday of Saint Therese this is the big one -- I've been collecting information for months -- so settle in, and let's get to it. If you are unfamiliar with some terms, see this quick, helpful glossary. Go here for some perspective on habits and why some communities wear them while others do not.We must begin, as … [Read more...]


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