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Choosing a Community

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 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

AS218 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York

Podcast Recorded: March 19, 2019

Sister Maxine with guests Sisters Jennifer Schaaf and Theresa Rickard of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. Topics: the big impact of small-group ministry, Prayer Workout, vacation vs. retreat, everyday holiness, a confusing God.

Ask Sister Podcast with the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York

Ursuline Sisters

Trip Date: March 21, 2019

We are visiting the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky!

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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

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

IGF003 In Good Faith with Sister Bernie Lynch, MM

Podcast Recorded: November 4, 2010

IGF003 In Good Faith with Sister Bernie Lynch, MM, recorded live on November 5, 2010. Produced by aNunsLife.org ministry. Our hosts talk with the Maryknoll missioner about her life, the book Bernie Becomes a Nun, and being a missioner in everyday life.

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AS015 Ask Sister – choosing a community, adjustments to nun life, wearing nail polish

Podcast Recorded: February 19, 2010

AS015 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on February 19, 2010. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: possible to disappoint God?, having so many religious communities to choose from, how long discerning, retreat and vacation and more.

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