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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?"

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.

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.

An Open Letter to Sinéad O’Connor about a nun’s life

Blog Published: August 23, 2011

”I am in the peak of my sexual prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun, and it’s VERY depressing.”

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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.

The quest for the living God — not an easy path

Blog Published: July 20, 2011

Cheers for the U.S. federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph for their public show of support for their sister Elizabeth Johnson!

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.

Don’t let movies and TV taint your view of Catholic sisters and nuns!

Blog Published: January 17, 2011

Bobbling, giddy nuns? Stern, ruler-wielding nuns? Holier-than-thou and out-of-touch? Not so, my friends.