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What is the difference between a sister and a nun?

January 16, 2013

The terms "nun" and "sister" are often used interchangeably. However within Roman Catholicism, there is a difference between the two. Here's a simple summary of the differences.

IGF038 In Good Faith Podcast with Sister Rita Malavisi, RSJ

Podcast Recorded: February 27, 2020

Sister Rita has served at the Asylum Seeker Resource Center in Melbourne, Australia, as a volunteer for 17 years.  

IGF038 In Good Faith Podcast with Sister Rita Malavisi, RSJ

AS213 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

Podcast Recorded: November 14, 2018

We visit the Salesian Sisters in Tampa, Florida. Guests: Sr. Mary and Sr. Guerline. Topics: family life, sports, religious habits, amusement parks  

Ask Sister podcast with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

AS210 Ask Sister - being Dominican, liturgical lounge music, making God decide for us, called by God but unprepared

Podcast Recorded: August 16, 2018

Sister Maxine with guest Sisters Joan and Orlanda, Grand Rapids Dominicans. Topics: being Dominican, liturgical lounge music, making God decide for us, called by God but unprepared

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Ursuline Sisters

Trip Date: March 21, 2019

We are visiting the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky!

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AS152 Ask Sister - being "just friends" with a congregation you didn't join, 2 vocations in 1 person, total consecration

Podcast Recorded: February 20, 2014

AS152 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on February 12, 2014. 

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AS214 Ask Sister - prayer robots, wait for heaven, surrender to God vs. just give up, vow of obedience

Podcast Recorded: December 14, 2018

Sister Maxine with guest Sister Mindy Welding, IHM. Topics: prayer robots, wait for heaven, surrender to God vs. just give up, vow of obedience. 

AS214 Ask Sister Podcast | A Nun

AS154 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Presentation Sisters, in Dubuque, Iowa

Podcast Recorded: March 10, 2014

AS154 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 10, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Click here for more Ask Sister podcasts on the Motherhouse Road Trip series!

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