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"Sisters" and "Light of Love": Two Films about Catholic Sisters

Blog Published: November 4, 2013

Over the past few months we've seen the release of two one-hour documentaries featuring Catholic sisters. The two films offer a view into the world of women's religious life. While there are some similarities between the documentaries -- both follow 5 Catholic sisters, both have the sisters themselves tell their story -- there is much diversity (good diversity!) such as how the sisters express their relationship with God, how they engage they world, how they view religious life, etc.

The Divine Sister: Another play on nuns

Blog Published: June 6, 2013

I'm grateful that my introduction to The Divine Sister, a comedic play written by Charles Busch, came from a review by Lawrence Toppman, a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer. Had I run into the predictable story line and characters elsewhere, I may have been less than amused with this comedy and missed its actual intent.

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.”

Nun outfits in the news

Blog Published: April 29, 2013

Is our popular image of what nuns look like taking a turn? I read an article in the Mail Online, a UK news outlet, about Kelly Osbourne, in which writer Leah Simpson comments on in a recent sighting of Kelly and her boyfriend and the goings-on of the Osbourne family.

A Rudderless Boat: Images that capture one's faith journey

Blog Published: May 30, 2013

I recently read some scripture commentaries on the story in Exodus about baby Moses being placed in a homemade boat and sent down the Nile River. As intellectually awesome as those were, it was a comment on a Carmelite blog that realy helped me dive into this story as not just an inspiring scripture story but as a the Living Word of God.

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.

AS101 Ask Sister – how nuns elect their leaders, congregational leadership positions, the common good, and a myriad of images of God

Podcast Recorded: February 9, 2012

AS101 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on February 9, 2012. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: how nuns elect their community leaders, saying no to nun smear campaigns, the common good, the book of Genesis, varied images of God and more!

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Reinventing "Nun" - a visual spiritual exercise

Blog Published: April 15, 2013

When you hear or read the word "nun", what visual immediately springs to your mind? Do you see a person, outfit, location, activity? Do you see something more abstract like a scene of simplicity, complexity, gentleness, or motion?