September 17 is Buy a Nun a Book Day! – UPDATED

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It started a few years ago, in honor of the great Benedictine Abbess, Hildegard of Bingen being named a Doctor of the Church.The thinking, apparently, went like this: Nuns and Sisters (especially missionaries) often don’t have the opportunity to choose a book for themselves. They have to rely on what is already in the monastery/convent library, if they have one, or on what they are given (which is why you will often find lots of lives of St John Paul II on religious bookshelves!).This i … [Read more...]

Mother of Completeness: Nativity of Mary

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"Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life." - Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah, Morning Prayer for Sept. 8I was struck this morning at mass by the Gospel reading, which was the genealogy and Annunciation from Matthew. The whole list of patriarchs and fathers, with the occasional mention … [Read more...]

“Let Nothing Disturb You”: A Virtual Choir of Carmelites

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This impressive both technologically and musically. With a few exceptions among apostolic communities -- and of course, the Third Order laity -- when you think Carmelite, you think enclosure; you think grilles; you think of interior castles and humble cells.And yet, thanks to the wonders of digital recording and the internet, we can listen to a virtual choir of Carmelite women, singing -- and wonderously -- a new piece of music set to the most famous prayer of the great Carmelite foundress … [Read more...]

Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

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They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines:In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, “There, that girl,” pointing to one of the women standing in the … [Read more...]

Nun News Mini-Roundup, Summer 2014

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I do a full roundup of Nun News every autumn, usually around the Feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and I am beginning to collect for that post now, but these pics are so neat, I thought I'd share them:The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church have a new novice, and she is very cool:The Passionist Nuns of the Diocese of Owensboro added a second postulant to their young noviate this week.The Poor Clares of Bethlehem Monastery has clothed yet another novice and celebrated … [Read more...]

A culture of priestly vocation on campus

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Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further … [Read more...]

Good luck? In the arms of Jesus!

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Hopefully everyone can see this, because it's kind of adorable. Suor Cristina Scuccia gets the Italian version of "Break a Leg" and she charmingly says, "In braccio a Gesù!" -- it (or she) is in the arms of Jesus.And then she laughs like a bride.She says she expects to renew her vows next month, in anticipation of her final vows, and that her priorities are "Jesus and prayer." I believe her. … [Read more...]

A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space

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In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke."Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun.Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the only practical answer, the doubtful … [Read more...]

To Suffer With Us: the Duty and Privilege of Priesthood

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Here on Long Island, the little town of Farmingdale is reeling as they deal with the stark pain that comes of burying five teenagers, all lost in one horrific car accident. Families, students at their high school, even perfect strangers within the community are bound in grief, and our prayers must fly to heaven for their sustenance and consolation.Frequently quoted amid the many reports is Father Michael Duffy, an associate pastor at Saint Kilian's Church. The parish is located not far from … [Read more...]

St. Catherine of Siena would “get” Sister Cristina Scuccia

Via Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Not long after Deacon Greg posted this bit about her singing "Flashdance: What a Feeling", a friend on Facebook shot me a private message wondering if I was not getting "a little worried" about all of the attention being given to Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, or -- as she is known in Italy -- Suor Cristina."Well, sure. As she becomes more well-known, the world will throw awful temptations her way," I responded, "so we really should pray for her spiritual welfare. She's human and we're … [Read more...]


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