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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 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.

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 horarium and how it shaped daily life for sisters in the past

Blog Published: October 21, 2010

I found it interesting to read through the “horarium” (the hourly schedule for sisters) that was used early in IHM religious life. It reflects a time in history when the main purpose of religious life was to develop personal holiness.

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AS087 Ask Sister – the meaning of the word virgin, the prequel to a nun’s life, what’s up with Martha and Mary (Lk 10), finding God, speed-dialing for the Divine

Podcast Recorded: October 6, 2011

AS087 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on October 6, 2011. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: the meaning of the word virgin, the prequel to a nun’s life, what’s up with Martha and Mary (Luke 10), finding God, speed-dialing for the Divine

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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.

AS007 Ask Sister Podcast

Podcast Recorded: December 11, 2009

Ask Sister Podcast is a production of A Nun's Life Ministry. Episode 007 was aired December 11, 2009. Topics included the difference between a nun and a sister, can nuns wear fragrance and how does one tell their parents about becoming a nun.

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