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Do nuns ever feel lonely?

Blog Published: April 25, 2008

Feeling lonely is something everyone feels at one time or another, nuns included. But do nuns feel it more acutely because they make a vow to be celibate, that is, nuns choose to not have 1) sex or 2) romantic or exclusive relationships?

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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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.

Reflecting on Religious Life in Challenging Times

Blog Published: October 26, 2011

For many U.S. Catholic sisters and indeed for many Catholics across the U.S. and abroad, the Apostolic Visitation of American Women Religious that began in 2009 turned out to be a graced opportunity to reflect on apostolic, or ministerial, religious life.

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.

Living in Community

Blog Published: June 25, 2009

Catholic sisters and nuns live in community in a wide variety of ways. Often we only think of community as living under the same roof, that is in “the convent” or “the monastery” but community actually takes many forms. Simply living under the same roof does not make a community. Likewise, living singly does not mean you are living alone or without community.

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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Making Contact with a Vocation Director

Blog Published: July 21, 2009

A Vocation Director is there to help you get to know the community, to introduce you to and facilitate connections to other sisters or brothers in the community.

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