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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Mother Angelica dies on Easter

The foundress of EWTN influenced Catholic culture more than any bishop could

The following comes from a March 27 Catholic News Agency article: The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the … [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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More young women than you think are considering becoming nuns

2% of millennials have seriously thought about religious life. So why we don't have more vocations?

The following comes from a December 10 Crux article by Michael O'Loughlin: An estimated 250,000 young women in the United States have given serious thought to joining religious communities, but if sisters and nuns hope to attract new members, they’ve got to do a better job explaining the benefits of such a counter-cultural lifestyle — and get Catholic parents, laypeople, and … [Read more...]

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Carmelite sisters bring dignity to the end of life

"The final years are a time to prepare for heaven"

The following comes from a June 11 article by Clara Fox in Angelus, the online newspaper of the LA archdiocese: Tom Wilson was self-sufficient well into his late 80s, until an allergic reaction to prescribed medications left him in need of an assisted living facility. He initially was moved into a secular, for-profit facility. “It became apparent very quickly that it … [Read more...]

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