A Nuns Life

Sister Julie's Blog

From community life, to nuns in the news, to encountering God on social media, Sister Julie covers a variety of topics through the lens of Catholic sister in today's world.

Sister Julie Vieira, IHM, is co-founder of A Nun’s Life Ministry. As a Gen-Xer, technology geek, and bike enthusiast, Sister Julie is always finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her congregation is the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe, Michigan.

Casual Nun: The Band

Blog Published: March 2, 2017

Sister Julie discovers spiritual insights from a "doom-inflected stomper, punctuated by guitar squalls and ... curious, submerged vocals."

Casual Nun

Courtesy of casualnun.bandcamp.com

Vow of Poverty, Not Destitution

Blog Published: August 18, 2014

Poverty? That's not good at all, right? The word itself often calls to mind the reality of destitution that many people in our own country and indeed our very own neighborhood face every single day -- living without sufficient resources. But the word poverty is also one that is an important part of our lives as Catholic sisters and nuns -- as well as religious brothers, monks, and friars.

Vow of Poverty

Windows in a Storm

Blog Published: May 5, 2014

... Sometimes I think we hunker down so much when we are in pain or suffering or deal with tough situations that we seal ourselves off from the world -- not allowing the suffering an opening out nor allowing help from outside in ...


An Open Letter to Oprah re: Catholic Sisters

Blog Published: February 17, 2010

A group of us were chatting on Facebook that it would have been great if Oprah had shared the story of other ways of living religious life on her February 9th show. So, we decided to draft an Open Letter to Oprah from younger women religious.

A Word to the “Young”

Blog Published: September 17, 2009

Timothy is encouraged to trust in his gifts and to minister faithfully to the community. This passage is packed with all sorts of gems to ponder. Two in particular struck me ...

Celibacy in the City

Blog Published: August 5, 2009

Celibacy is a way of life for Catholic sisters and nuns as well as for religious brothers and monks. But what is celibacy and how does one live celibacy, especially in a society that can be both sex-obsessed and a bit prudish about sex?

Celibacy in the City

Sister Act, Whoopi, and images of nuns: discuss

Blog Published: September 24, 2008

Sister Act movies have long been a source of entertainment but also a problem when it comes to communicating who Catholic sisters and nuns really are.

Sister Act

An Open Letter to the Media: How to Identify Sisters and Nuns

Blog Published: April 19, 2007

Dear Media Professionals, Thank you for your recent interest in the lives of women religious. We who are Sisters and Nuns are grateful for the opportunity to share our lifestyle with others and to share the liberating mission of Jesus with all whom we encounter.