IGF016 In Good Faith with Sister Patricia Wittberg, recorded live on April 11, 2012. Produced by Ministry. Topics include young women in the Catholic Church today, the attraction to intentional communities.

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Show Notes
  • Sister Patricia's vocation story -- becoming a nun and a sociologist
  • young people in the church today
  • nuns inviting young people to events as a way for them to get to know the community and see what a vocation to religious life is like
  • the ways the media portray Catholic sisters and nuns are not always helpful
  • Sister Blandina Segal, Billy the Kid, and the wild west
  • what is a "religious virtuoso"?
  • having too many choices can be detrimental
  • not discerning so long that you never make a decision -- which is in fact a decision
  • Catholic sisters and nuns can help by bringing the tradition of discernment to young people
  • temporary commitments to religious life?
  • Sister Patricia's hope for the future of religious life
About our Guest

Sister Patricia Wittberg, SC, is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati who ministers as Professor of Sociology at Indiana University – Purdue University. She is also on the vocations team for her congregation. She is the author of many articles and books including Creating a Future for Religious Life and Pathways to Re-Creating Religious Communities. Among her most recent articles is “A Lost Generation?” in America magazine on young women in the Catholic Church.