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The Cross: Not just a fashion accessory or architectural

Blog Published: September 21, 2011

I have been thinking a lot about what it means to express our beliefs publicly after Sister Maxine’s post yesterday about billboard morality. Though a billboard is truly an awesome way to declare one’s faith and values, the cross is the “typical” visual way we do this on a day to day basis.

Sugababes and Nuns

Blog Published: September 13, 2011

Hanging out with nuns is pretty cool, I have to say. But don’t take my word for it (I am an aforementioned nun after all). Even a card-carrying member of the British band Sugababes thinks so too!


Monday Quiz: Find the derisive stereotypes of nuns in this article

Blog Published: April 25, 2011

Just when I think stereotypes and negative portrayals of Catholic sisters and nuns can’t get any worse, I read something like this review of Sister Act the Musical. No, no it’s not the musical that is problematic.

Are nuns the “spouses of Christ”? When roses arrive at the convent, the sisters reconsider

Blog Published: September 1, 2010

Just the other day a large vase of incredibly beautiful roses arrived at the convent, to our great surprise and delight. The flowers were a gift from the Divine. Really. The card that came with them said so. It was signed, “Love, Jesus.”

A Question of Habit: Images of Catholic Sisters and Nuns

Blog Published: June 29, 2010

The Conference on the History of Women Religious has been great. Yesterday we had a preview of a soon-to-be published document called A Question of Habit: The Curious Image of Nuns in Popular Culture by Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy of Loyola University Chicago. I wrote about A Question of Habit project when it was in its early stages back in 2008 when Dr. Murphy gave a lecture at Loyola.

Catholic Nuns adapt to changing world

Blog Published: May 25, 2010

Catholic nuns today aren’t the stereotypical figures in black and white reigning over schools and hospitals. Sisters continue to educate and nurture, but also work as administrators, environmentalists, chaplains, artists, census takers, missionaries, counselors, dietitians, social workers, writers, doctors, financial assistants, secretaries, graphic designers, reflexologists and massage therapists.

Nuns Respond to Boston Ad

Blog Published: January 30, 2008

I’m not a big fan of making fun of nuns. No. In fact I detest stereotypes of nuns. Granted, some folks play with the image of nuns in order to have a little Catholic fun and stoke the nostalgic fires. But many, many of these images of nuns are at best cheap shots and at worst degrading and offensive stereotypes.

On Reading the Book “Double Crossed”

Blog Published: August 24, 2006

I’ve finally begun reading Kenneth Briggs’s Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.