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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.

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!

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It's no mystery why nuns make history!

Blog Published: March 11, 2014

As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we invite you to be part of our History Nun project on Pinterest. We've got some great photos pulled from convent archives from across the country featuring Catholic sisters and nuns.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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