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Living the Vow of Poverty in a Privileged Society

Blog Published: September 22, 2009

I have been meditating on the Vow of Poverty this morning after receiving a question about discerning a call to religious life and encountering the question of privilege.

Celibacy in the City

Blog Published: August 5, 2009

Celibacy is a way of life for Catholic sisters and nuns as well as for religious brothers and monks. But what is celibacy and how does one live celibacy, especially in a society that can be both sex-obsessed and a bit prudish about sex?

Celibacy in the City

Nuns and Celibacy – Natalie Portman’s Doubt

Blog Published: November 28, 2008

Natalie Portman has been outed as having turned down the role of a young nun in the movie Doubt because she couldn’t wrap her head around the character being celibate.

Celebrating Sister Susan

Blog Published: July 7, 2008

I am delighted to announce that one of our own blogging nuns, Sister Susan Rose Francois, CSJP, will be professing first vows in October.

24-year-old professes vows as a Josephite Sister

Blog Published: May 24, 2008

Here’s a good article (minus the title) about Anne-Marie Gallagher, a 24-year old who will be professing vows as a Josephite Sister in Sydney, Australia — “A social butterfly gets herself to a nunnery.”

Why I Am Professing Vows as an IHM Sister

Blog Published: May 7, 2008

We are delighted to share with you a video from the profession ceremony of Sister Katherine Collard, IHM.

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?

Taking the Habit

Blog Published: October 10, 2007

When I professed final vows, I did not expect to feel any different than I had because I’d been with the community for approximately 10 years already.