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No Fainting Princesses, Please

Blog Published: March 17, 2014

Living in a women's religious community within the broader tradition of religious life, I take for granted having role models who are women. As I watched the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night, I was grateful that the entertainment industry is offering more roles (especially for young people) that portray strong women leaders -- not fainting princesses.

"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.

IGF013 In Good Faith with Coach Cathy Rush

Podcast Recorded: January 18, 2012

IGF013 In Good Faith with Coach Cathy Rush, recorded live on January 18, 2012. Produced by aNunsLife.org Ministry. Topics include: coaching 1st national champs in women’s basketball, working with nuns, Mighty Macs movie, Future Stars summer camps & more.

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AS084 Ask Sister – The Nun’s Story movie vs. real nuns stories, can you become a nun if you have health issues, can techies be nuns too, and more

Podcast Recorded: September 14, 2011

AS084 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on September 14, 2011. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: The Nun’s Story movie versus real life nun stories, can you become a nun if you have health issues, can techies be nuns too, and more!

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The Mighty Macs – movie review

Blog Published: September 7, 2011

She dared to dream. They dared to believe.” The words are from the promo poster for The Mighty Macs. The movie is inspired by the true story of the coach, players, and sisters of Immaculata College. Against great odds, the small college won the U.S. national women’s basketball championship in 1972.

Band of Sisters documentary film screening

Blog Published: November 8, 2010

Sister Maxine and I attended a screening yesterday for the film “Band of Sisters,” a documentary by independent filmmaker Mary Fishman. Mary’s project took her to our IHM Motherhouse in Monroe, Michigan, a few times and since she’s based here in Chicago, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her.

Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism

Blog Published: August 10, 2009

A new documentary about Catholic Sisters and Nuns has just been released. Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism is a one-hour documentary that “explores the experiences of Greek and Roman Catholic Sisters of Eastern and Central Europe sisters who at the end of World War II were trapped under Soviet domination as Josef Stalin seized control.” (source: USCCB press release)

Women of Faith documentary

Blog Published: April 17, 2009

Women and the Catholic Church is always an intriguing and provocative topic. “Women of Faith: A Film about Women and the Catholic Church” is a new documentary by filmmaker Rebecca Alvin that explores this topic.