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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

Sisterhood: What does it mean to be sisters?

Blog Published: March 27, 2009

Sisterhood among Catholic sisters and nuns is a powerful, Spirit-filled experience. I’ve been thinking a lot about sisterhood after having been home at the IHM Motherhouse for a couple of days. I was with a group of sisters doing some planning for our community’s retreat/celebration days this summer.

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."

How to Make a Nun’s Habit

Blog Published: March 24, 2008

Over the last year I’ve received requests from folks about how to make habits and where to find sewing patterns and fabric. I’m hoping that you might have some suggestions for me to pass along to these folks.

The Role of Lay Associates in Religious Life

Blog Published: January 5, 2007

First things first … Lay affiliates or associates are women and men who wish to formally associate themselves with a religious community, their mission and spirituality. Not all congregations have associates, and those that do vary in the formation process and the degree to which associates can be involved in the life of the congregation.

A Day in the Life of a Catholic Sister: 3 Common Elements

Blog Published: May 27, 2014

What's a day in the life of a Catholic sister or nun? This is a tough question to answer because Catholic sisters and nuns have such a variety of lifestyles, ministries, and callings! Each community has its own distinctive personality and flavor. No two communities -- indeed no two nuns -- are the same!

Letter to a Young Religious

Blog Published: July 8, 2008

I received this comment/question a little while ago and want to address it front and center because it is an important issue in religious life. It also follows a bit from Sister Susan’s post about Religious Life in the Age of Facebook.

What is Advent anyway?

Blog Published: December 13, 2017

Sister Cheryl Rose, HM, talks about how she has prepared for Advent this year, and how its been different than her Advent preparation in the past. 

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