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The Sisterhood on Lifetime: The Context of Discernment

Blog Published: November 24, 2014

"The Sisterhood" is a new reality TV show that is airing on the Lifetime channel tomorrow evening. There's been quite a bit of conversation in the Catholic world about this show and it hasn't even aired yet! We've seen the trailer, we've read the background information, we've heard the conversations. Here's what we've got to say about it.

The Sisterhood on Lifetime

Vow of Poverty, Not Destitution

Blog Published: August 18, 2014

Poverty? That's not good at all, right? The word itself often calls to mind the reality of destitution that many people in our own country and indeed our very own neighborhood face every single day -- living without sufficient resources. But the word poverty is also one that is an important part of our lives as Catholic sisters and nuns -- as well as religious brothers, monks, and friars.

Vow of Poverty

Nunapalooza: Religious Life is Alive and Well

Blog Published: June 30, 2014

The convent was abuzz this weekend with celebrations of all sorts! And not just among my own nuns but it seems it was a nunapalooza for many congregations! My Facebook newsfeed was filled with photos and links and congrats to sisters celebrating their jubilees as well as to women professing vows, being received as novices, and entering as candidates and postulants!

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If it doesn't work out with one group of nuns, does it mean I'm not called at all?

Blog Published: June 16, 2014

Sometimes when a person is discerning a calling to religious life, things don't work out with a particular religious community. But does that mean that the person is not called to religious life at all?

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Saving Sister

Blog Published: January 27, 2014

Last week we celebrated the life and mourned the death of our dear Sister Mary Ellen, affectionately known as Mel.... At her wake we had a "remembering" prayer service during which Sister Barbara reflected on Mel's life, ministry, loves, and adventures. I loved hearing about Mel, especially the stories of adventures I never knew she had! But what struck me most was when Barbara said these words.

Are sisters and nuns considered "Clergy"?

Blog Published: December 30, 2013

Sister Maxine and I got some questions last night while we were live Tweeting and Facebooking the holiday episode of "Call the Midwife" (which was FABULOUS). We were asked about nuns and sisters being considered "clergy."

In Awe of Sisterhood

Blog Published: August 27, 2013

It has been fabulous visiting religious congregations on our Motherhouse Road Trip. The nuns we visit have enjoyed it, and our listeners, readers, followers, and fans have enjoyed it! While I fully expected that I would also enjoy the road trip visits, I am surprised at how profound these experiences have touched me....

Experiencing God and My Sisters at Nunapalooza

Blog Published: July 29, 2013

It's difficult to put into words fully what the experience was like personally. For me, it was both an experience of intense sisterhood and also an encounter with God. It was at once deeply communal and deeply personal.