Why I wear the habit

A nun’s reflection on religious life

As Pope Francis’s year dedicated to consecrated life concluded at the start of 2016, one nun shared her thoughts on how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person. Though the official Year for Consecrated Life concluded earlier this year, it’s actually “the beginning of helping people get reacquainted with religious life,” said … [Read more...]

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Don’t try to sustain the past

Former LCWR president tells religious sisters meeting in Anaheim they should embrace "transformation to a new form" as orders struggle financially, lose vocations

The following comes from an October 14 Global Sisters Report article by Dan Stockman. Global Sisters Report is a project of National Catholic Reporter.  Religious life in North America and Europe stands on a precipice of transformation to a new form that no one yet knows, and leaders need to embrace that mystery instead of trying to sustain the past, St. Joseph Sr. Carol … [Read more...]

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Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

In Vultum Dei Quaerere, he tells religious communities to stop recruiting from other countries

The following comes from a July 22 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new norms for women’s cloistered communities, which place a special emphasis on prayer and the centralization of communities. He cautioned that the “silent … [Read more...]

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San Diego Catholic bookstore to close after 60 years

After struggling with financial difficulties, Pauline Books and Media will close its doors in May

The following comes from a February Southern Cross article by Denis Grasska: SAN DIEGO — The local Pauline Books and Media, which has been part of the San Diego Catholic community for 60 years, is scheduled to close on May 14. One of a chain of 13 Catholic bookstores nationwide operated by the Daughters of St. Paul, the store sells Catholic books, films, music and … [Read more...]

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Who are the new priests and nuns?

Nearly all of religious profession class of 2015 participated in vocation program

The following comes from a February 4 USCCB news release: Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2015 had a strong, active parish life or participated in a vocation program or experience prior to entering their religious institute, according to the annual survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the … [Read more...]

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Nuns face eviction in San Francisco

Two sisters who feed homeless can't afford huge rent increase

The following comes from a February 8 SF Gate article by Kevin Fagan: In a dingy little Tenderloin kitchen, two French-speaking nuns have devoted the past eight years to feeding the homeless, with their only income being what they eke out from selling handmade pastries at farmers’ markets. The sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen sleep in a … [Read more...]

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Why I wear the habit

A nun's reflection on religious life

The following comes from a February 2 Catholic News Agency article by Ann Schnieble: As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person. Right now, Sister Mary Christa of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma says, there's “confusion”  – … [Read more...]

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