Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic school

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet misappropriated funds for their personal use over a period of years while working at St. James School; order promises to reimburse the school

An internal investigation by a Redondo Beach Catholic parish has found that two longtime nuns who worked at the St. James School misappropriated a “substantial” amount of school funds for their personal use over a period of years, according to a letter sent to school families Wednesday. Msgr. Michael Meyers, the pastor at St. James Catholic Church, said in the letter that the … [Read more...]

Number of priests, seminarians and nuns declines worldwide

Vatican statistics show increase in Catholic population but drop in vocations

Fides News Service offers some statistics of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December 2016) regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education. Please note that variations, increase or decrease, emerging from our own comparison … [Read more...]

Number of nuns in US is collapsing

Several hundred orders are about to become extinct, but there are signs of growth among 'traditional' orders

The website of the Philadelphia Archdiocese reports, several hundred religious institutes of women are likely to disappear in the next few decades. This report deals with nuns in America alone, so the situation in Africa and Asia is no doubt different. A question that historians will ask is why, in a relatively short space of time, did so many religious orders disappear. That … [Read more...]

Path to vocation varies, especially when sisters start out non-Catholic

Sister Makrina Finlay grew up in Yuba city as an evangelical Christian

Raised in an evangelical Christian family, a young California woman ventures abroad to study among the “dreaming spires” of Oxford University — and is introduced to a whole new world of faith. Exposed to the traditions of the Catholic and Orthodox churches by monks and nuns studying and living in local English communities, she realizes that she is moving toward an irrevocable … [Read more...]

Nun stories back in secular news

Women religious stories have been making a social and spiritual comeback over the last several decades

After being dismissed as relics of the past, nuns and women religious have been making a social and spiritual come back over the last several decades. While Catholic media has been watching these women closely, the secular media is finally beginning to take note of these remarkable women. The remarkable tale of starlet actress, Dolores Hart, who left a bright career as the … [Read more...]

Vatican issues new rules for cloistered nuns

May 15 instruction requires that individual monasteries have at least five members in order to remain open, membership in a federation

The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative orders, which emphasizes the need for networks of monasteries in contemplative life. The instruction states that all monasteries of nuns must be affiliated with a federation, or organization, of religious houses. Published May … [Read more...]

We’re not exploited

Mother Judith Zuniga, Superior General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, among three sisters responding to Vatican magazine article claiming women religious are discriminated against

Last week, the women’s edition of a magazine distributed in the Vatican published an article claiming that religious sisters in the Church are poorly treated and economically exploited. The article appeared in Women Church World, a monthly women’s magazine published by L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City. The Associated Press called the story an “exposé on the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]