Nearly 100 retired nuns evacuated from LA nursing home threatened by fire

Maintenance workers, nurses, administrators and drivers offer up their homes to provide refuge

Mary Kowalski wasn't bothered when she was told by the nursing home staff to pack all her belongings and get ready to evacuate. It was at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and ash-filled smoke from the multimillion-dollar homes burning in the Skirball fire was all around. She got ready to leave. Kowalski, 87, is among the nearly 100 retired nuns who live at the Carondelet Center in Brentwood … [Read more...]

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Dominican sisters communicate with visitors through iron gate at Hollywood convent

Every day at 4 p.m., the nuns gather to pray the rosary in the convent’s chapel

A cloistered convent in the city of Hollywood may seem out of place — but even the stars of Tinseltown need to hide away and pray sometimes. Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds and Norma Foster were old visitors to the white adobe cloistered convent that is situated just off the Hollywood Freeway, and less than one mile from several tawdry shops and strip clubs. “Show me anywhere but … [Read more...]

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They heard the shots during Benediction at the convent chapel

After multiple slayings in their San Francisco neighborhood, Missionaries of Charity lead Fatima procession for peace

Missionaries of Charity, friends and supporters, and parishioners of St. Michael Church in the San Francisco neighborhood of Oceanview walked through the neighborhood Aug. 27 after Sunday Mass, praying the rosary for peace and asking the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima after three people were killed within six months. Two of the three were shot in broad daylight, and all at … [Read more...]

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Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles attracting eager, college-educated women

They wear the traditional habit they've worn since Mother Lucita first arrived in LA from Mexico in 1927

Bucking the trend, some millennials are seeking a nun's life, and an Order in Duarte is attracting eager, college-educated women. They wear the traditional habit they've worn since Mother Lucita first arrived in LA from Mexico in 1927. The gowns are brown — symbolizing the humility of the Earth; white — a symbol of purity; and black — a symbol of death to the world with life … [Read more...]

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Supporting a daughter’s vocation to religious life

Vicar for religious for Diocese of Orange says parents can assist in discernment process

As parents, we want the best for our children. Nonetheless it is a challenge for us to support a daughter when she decides to pursue religious life.  In fact, one-third of women entering religious life were discouraged to do so by their mothers, according to a 2014 study released by Georgetown University, compared to just 11 percent of men considering the … [Read more...]

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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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