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How do I choose a religious community?

Blog Published: January 25, 2017

While religious communities have much in common—the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and living a life of service and prayer—they also are different.

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Habits Revisted

Blog Published: December 20, 2006

In my post TIME magazine article on nuns, veils, and blogs, Hans wrote a thoughtful comment about habits and his experience with the habit. He aptly notes that the modern view on habits is quite mixed.

Sister Jean Marie's ministry of presence

Blog Published: July 17, 2017

Sister Jean Marie Fernandez, RGS, shares how human dignity is central to her ministry with people who are homeless in San Francisco. 

Sister Jean Marie Fernandez

AS109 Ask Sister – disappearing prayer, Rules that nuns follow, charisms and Constitutions, mom encounters mum nuns, religious role models in schools

Podcast Recorded: May 2, 2012

AS109 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on May 2, 2012. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: disappearing prayer, Rules that nuns follow, charisms and Constitutions, mom encounters mum nuns, religious role models in schools.

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Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Trip Date: August 21, 2013

Catch all the action from our trip to Des Plaines, Illinois—travel journal, photos, podcast, and more—here on the Motherhouse Road Trip travel page!

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Consecrated Virginity a Gift for the Church, Says Pope

Blog Published: May 16, 2008

“Your vocation is profoundly rooted in the particular Church to which you belong ... From the diocese, with its traditions, its saints, its values, limits and difficulties, you open up to the scope of the universal Church ... "

AS147 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, in Villa Maria, Penn.

Podcast Recorded: September 20, 2013

AS147 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on September 20, 2013, in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania. Visit the Motherhouse Road Trip page for all recordings of all of our road trips!

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No Such Thing as Cookie Cutter Nuns

Blog Published: February 7, 2007

Within religious life there is a huge diversity of lifestyles and charisms. There is no single way to be a nun or sister or monk or brother. Such diversity is a good thing for the Church and world for it allows the different gifts of the Spirit to be manifest and used in response to the needs of the world. I am reminded of Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he talks about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Read on, and as you do, consider how different communities have different gifts.