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AS106 Ask Sister – unresponsive vocations director, disappearing nuns, body language at Mass, what nuns study in the novitiate

Podcast Recorded: March 21, 2012

AS106 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 21, 2012. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: unresponsive vocation directors, disappearing nuns, is religious life dying?, body language at Mass, what nuns study in the novitiate, and more!

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Declining Numbers of Catholic Sisters and Nuns

Blog Published: January 17, 2009

There’s been a lot of media around the topic of declining numbers of Catholic sisters and nuns. "Beyond the veil: Debate continues on why number of nuns is declining," a recent article from Catholic News Service, highlights a couple of arguments about why the decline in number.

What does “growth” mean in terms of religious communities?

Blog Published: June 1, 2007

Quite a conversation is taking place around Nuns: Perceptions and Assumptions. The latest comment sounded like a good springboard for a new post

Nuns: Perceptions and Assumptions

Blog Published: May 28, 2007

It is not often that I feel compelled to respond to someone’s comment in an actual post. But a recent comment touches on nun issues that I hear from folks from time to time. I am grateful for those who articulate how they feel about nuns even when it takes the form of respectful criticism. Your feedback is important and helps us nuns to reflect seriously on our ministry and life and on how people perceive us.

“Unshaken Faith: Fewer become nuns, but sisters see signs of change”

Blog Published: April 24, 2007

I found an interesting article about nuns in the Billings Gazette: ”Unshaken Faith: Fewer become nuns, but sisters see signs of change / Number of religious sisters drops from 180,000 in 1965 to 67,000 in 2006” by Diane Cochran (April 8, 2007).

Religious Life Is No Popularity Contest

Blog Published: November 17, 2006

I’ve received quite a few comments and emails (for which I am grateful) following the TIME article in which my blog and I were referenced. There’s a common theme that keeps creeping up and I thought I’d address it head on.

The Demise of Religious Life??

Blog Published: September 15, 2006

As mentioned in earlier posts, I’m reading Kenneth Brigg’s book Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns. Here are a few more of my reflections …