A Plethora of Nun Pictures – UPDATED

Suspecting that only Carolina Cannonball is more fixated than I on all things nun-ish, I bring you something pretty extraordinary, via Kansas Catholic, four pages (count 'em, four) pages of pictures detailing the solemn professions of eleven Benedictines of Mary, in the Extraordinary Rite:As they are still forming, and in the process of building their monastery, the Benedictines of Mary are not strictly enclosed yet, but you still might call them "old school" Benedictines. Their day-to-day … [Read more...]

NunStuff Palate Clearer – UPDATED

The abundance of news stories (both covered and not-covered) and Pope Benedict's trip to Malta, have gotten me all distracted. I mean to post something later that picks up where we left off on the Pope's impromptu sermon of last week, but in order to clear the head let us visit with some of our nun-pals and see what they're up to![Cue news ticker] ...beep-beep-beep-beep-beep... (am I dating myself with that reference?)...wait, let me get out my banner, designed by Brian J:Nun News Network … [Read more...]

No Greater Love – UPDATED

A few years ago the documentary film Into Great Silence, which chronicled the lives of the Carthusian Monks of the Grande Chartreuse, mesmerized audiences with its rhythm of prayer and silence. In a world increasingly noise and instrumentation-laden, the silence spoke volumes to audiences.which follows the lives of Carmelite nuns in England, seems to be equally as engaging, if this review is any indication.As No Greater Love begins we are led into the Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy … [Read more...]

The Myth of Held-back Catholic Women

New Monastery Going Up Through the Efforts of Five WomenPolitics is opportunistic; in the wake of the last three weeks unending coverage of the decades-old scandals in the Catholic church, Lisa Miller of Newsweek has decided that this is the time to push for the feminist interests.The chasm between the church's stated principles and its functional reality yawns wide. In the U.S., 60 percent of Sunday massgoers are women; thus most of the contributions to the collection plate—$6 billion a y … [Read more...]

AP rehashes old news to help Obamacare -UPDATE

Likely Members of the LCWRThe AP headline reads: Catholic nuns urge passage of Obama's health bill:Some 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns Wednesday sent lawmakers a letter urging them to pass the Senate health care bill. It contains restrictions on abortion funding that the bishops say don't go far enough.The letter says that "despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions." The letter says the … [Read more...]

Morning Beauty by Byzantine Carmelites

Carmel in the Byzantine Rite. Who knew? Fascinating community with a website that is quite lovely.They sound like angels.And they have a Fr. Walter Ciszek connection!Did that make your morning a little prettier? It did mine!And here is something else that is very beautiful. Don't read it in a hurry.Meanwhile, congrats to Obi's SisterSort of related: Looking at Nuns from 'way back and Nun Dolls … [Read more...]

Running Nuns in the News!

Well, St. Catherine of Siena, who was a Dominican Tertiary, did say "run, run, run".The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, currently being built in Tonopah, AZ, have chosen a unique way to raise revenue. As they have more young women aspiring to enter than they can currently house (with one new novice and a postulant hoping to enter, soon, they are full-up), the sisters need to fund the living quarters that will attach to their emerging chapel. So they have … [Read more...]

Abortion, the Sisters of Life & Hope – UPDATES

My friend Tony Rossi has had the opportunity to interview one of the foundresses of the Sisters of Life, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, for The Christophers Closeup, and it's really rather wonderful and inspiring:Founded after New York’s Cardinal John O’Connor visited the Dachau concentration camp and vowed to protect the dignity of every human life, the Sisters of Life provide a safe haven for women who experience an unplanned pregnancy and aren’t sure what to do. Mother Agnes Mary Donovan tells … [Read more...]

"That's How Intimate God Wants to Be To Us"

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'In the midst of life, we are in death…"

And in the midst of death, we are in life.Over at Summit, NJ, the Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery are in life and death, all the time. You can't spend your days processing in and out of choir seven times a day to join the Angels in adoration and praise, without getting a seriously wholistic view of it all. But this week, especially, we see the literal life-in-death paradox (which, really, is true in all our lives) at work.This past weekend saw the nuns celebrating the … [Read more...]