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What motivates a person to become a nun?

Blog Published: June 29, 2012

Question from a blog reader: "What motivation did you have to become a nun? Why did you choose that type of career/life?"

The “Sister Mary” Naming Custom

Blog Published: June 1, 2010

You may notice that many Catholic sisters and nuns have the name “Mary” included in some form in their religious name. In a recent edition of our IHM Archives News (May 2010), our intrepid archivist Donna Westley looked at this custom in the IHM tradition. (Today we use our baptismal names as our religious names so “Mary” or its derivations are present only if it was originally part of one’s baptismal name). Here’s some of that article along with additional details I gleaned from my email conversation with Donna.

What drew you to religious life?

June 10, 2019

Sister Angela Gertsema, ASCJ, reflects on the journey that led her to religious life.

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Doubt comes to A Nun’s Life

Blog Published: January 4, 2009

This Thursday A Nun’s Life is hosting a discussion about Doubt, the movie about a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of having an improper relationship with a student.

A Sister Candidate on applying and becoming a nun

Blog Published: August 10, 2012

Guest blogger Diane Brown writes about what it was like to formally apply for religious life and how it feels to begin candidacy.

Welcome to the Convent, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Hudson!

Blog Published: April 2, 2012

It’s time to build a new wing on the virtual convent of the Movie Star Sisters!

Nuns take on McDonald’s and the health of our children

Blog Published: March 15, 2011

The Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia are spearheading a proposal for McDonald’s Corporation that they respond to the public health concerns and data about the effects of fast food on the health of children.

Bernie Becomes a Nun

Blog Published: November 3, 2010

In 1954 a young nun by the name of Sister Bernadette Lynch, MM, was profiled in none other than Cosmopolitan magazine and photographed by the legendary George Barris, who also photographed the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.