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.

The Fear of Becoming a Nun

Blog Published: May 2, 2017

Not gonna lie. I was kinda scared when I realized God might be calling be to become a nun!

Photo: Jan Erik Waider

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

Top 10 Favorite Technology Devices in the Nuns' Studio

Blog Published: April 7, 2016

In honor of 10 years of ministering online, we are celebrating all kinds of "10s." In today's blog post, we have Sister Julie IHM's personal favorite Top 10 Technology Devices in the studio here at A Nun's Life Ministry.

Am I less myself because I am a Catholic Sister?

Blog Published: October 21, 2015

When asked the question about being less myself as a nun, I felt like I would explode with unicorns, hamsters, and rainbows!

Rainbow

Helen Mirren's advice to live like a nun

Blog Published: June 3, 2015

The fabulous actor Helen Mirren made the headlines with her remark about having to live "like an f - - king nun" in order to make it on Broadway. Naturally my curiosity was piqued.

Helen Mirren receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2013.

The Sisterhood on Lifetime: The Context of Discernment

Blog Published: November 24, 2014

"The Sisterhood" is a new reality TV show that is airing on the Lifetime channel tomorrow evening. There's been quite a bit of conversation in the Catholic world about this show and it hasn't even aired yet! We've seen the trailer, we've read the background information, we've heard the conversations. Here's what we've got to say about it.

The Sisterhood on Lifetime

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

Nunapalooza: Religious Life is Alive and Well

Blog Published: June 30, 2014

The convent was abuzz this weekend with celebrations of all sorts! And not just among my own nuns but it seems it was a nunapalooza for many congregations! My Facebook newsfeed was filled with photos and links and congrats to sisters celebrating their jubilees as well as to women professing vows, being received as novices, and entering as candidates and postulants!