Ask Sister Podcast AS215 - A Nun's Life Ministry

Sister Maxine with guest Sisters Kathleen Ann and Subha Clare, OSF. Topics: from corporate world to convent, books that nuns read, go-to prayers in tough times, a disappointed God

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Show Notes

About the sisters

Growing up Hindu

Living the convent life at age 13

Day in the life of a novice

What’s it like being president of a congregation

Making God’s compassionate presence known

The sisters’ go-to prayers in times of difficulty

Listener question: Would God call you to be a nun if you’re not Catholic?

Listener question: What books do sisters read to grow closer to God?

Listener question: If God calls me to be a nun but I get married instead, will that disappoint God?

List of authors discussed during the podcast: 

  • Bishop Robert Barron  
  • Sister Ruth Burrows, OCD  
  • Dalai Lama, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths (faith across traditions)
  • Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Loyola Press
  • Father James Martin, SJ  
  • Father Henri J. M. Nouwen  
  • Sister Miriam of Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers)  
  • Father Ron Rohlheiser, OMI   
  • Father Richard Rohr, OFM, Falling Upward   
  • Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM   
  • Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM
  • Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND   
  • ​Father Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, God’s Voice Within, Armchair Mystic   

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About our Guest

L: Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse is President of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in West Peoria, Illinois. She is from a farm family  in East Moline, Illinois. A vowed religious for 47 years, she has ministered in education as a teacher for grades 5-8 and as a principal for elementary schools. She has also been involved with coordinating RCIA programs and adult spirituality.  Sister Kathleen Ann has a bachelor's degree in Education master's in Liturgy, and is a certified spiritual and retreat director. She loves being a Franciscan Sister because of the emphasis on simplicity and joy, essential elements of Franciscan spirituality and life.

R: Sister Subha Clare Ramesh was received as a novice with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in November 2018. She was born in Chennai, India, to Hindu parents and has spent most of her life in New York. Sister Subha Clare first felt the call to religious life in 2015, shortly after receiving the Sacraments and becoming Catholic. With the grace of God and A Nun's Life Ministry, she has journeyed to the novitiate. Prior to religious life, she spent 30 years in corporate retail. Sister Subha Clare has advanced degrees in political science.