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Religious Life

What is the difference between a sister and a nun?

January 16, 2013
The terms "nun" and "sister" are often used interchangeably. However within Roman Catholicism, there is a difference between the two. Here's a simple summary of the differences.

Are sisters and nuns considered "Clergy"?

Blog Published: December 30, 2013

Sister Maxine and I got some questions last night while we were live Tweeting and Facebooking the holiday episode of "Call the Midwife" (which was FABULOUS). We were asked about nuns and sisters being considered "clergy."

The Role of Lay Associates in Religious Life

Blog Published: January 5, 2007

First things first … Lay affiliates or associates are women and men who wish to formally associate themselves with a religious community, their mission and spirituality. Not all congregations have associates, and those that do vary in the formation process and the degree to which associates can be involved in the life of the congregation.

Nuns: Perceptions and Assumptions

Blog Published: May 28, 2007

It is not often that I feel compelled to respond to someone’s comment in an actual post. But a recent comment touches on nun issues that I hear from folks from time to time. I am grateful for those who articulate how they feel about nuns even when it takes the form of respectful criticism. Your feedback is important and helps us nuns to reflect seriously on our ministry and life and on how people perceive us.

Top 10 Fave Things I Love About Nuns

Blog Published: July 6, 2016

There are SOOOO many things to love about nuns! From their sense of adventure to their dedication to the common good -- the list is practically endless!

"Sisters" and "Light of Love": Two Films about Catholic Sisters

Blog Published: November 4, 2013

Over the past few months we've seen the release of two one-hour documentaries featuring Catholic sisters. The two films offer a view into the world of women's religious life. While there are some similarities between the documentaries -- both follow 5 Catholic sisters, both have the sisters themselves tell their story -- there is much diversity (good diversity!) such as how the sisters express their relationship with God, how they engage they world, how they view religious life, etc.

RNC - Can I bring my pet schnauzer to the convent if I become a nun?

Podcast Recorded: October 27, 2011

This Random Nun Clip is from Ask Sister podcast episode 89. Hear the full podcast at AS089.

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What makes being a nun unique?

Blog Published: November 16, 2006

In a comment on “TIME magazine article on nuns, veils, and blogs“, Jenn asks the question of what makes being a nun a unique call. She writes: “I think our call to be a Christian means we shouldn’t be sleeping around and we should be living simply (we should live simply so others in our world can have something).