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What does it mean to be Counter-cultural?

Blog Published: April 29, 2009

Yesterday’s post on the question Is the habit the answer to vocations recruitment? drew a lot of discussion and perspectives. I want to pull out of there an interesting sub-conversation about what it means to be counter-cultural.

Living the Vows is about freedom

October 21, 2019

In this #Nunday Monday video, Sister Christina Chavez, CDP, shares how the vows religious profess are not about what can’t be done, but about the freedom that comes from living the vows.

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AS223 Ask Sister - sister-leaders, religious rings, habit rosaries, making vows vs. taking an oath of office

Podcast Recorded: August 7, 2019

Topics: sister-leaders, religious rings, habit rosaries, making vows vs. taking an oath of office. Hosts: Sr. Maxine, IHM, and Sr. Shannon, OSF.

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Do Nuns Know How to Love?

Blog Published: June 15, 2007

I spent my blogging time this morning reflecting on and responding to a question from “An Ex-Candidate of an Order.” I thought I would share it with you because I want you to keep Ex-Candidate in your prayers and because I’d like to hear your reflections on this as well.

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AS221 Ask Sister - messenger of peace, running as prayer, reentering religious life, a meaningful life

Podcast Recorded: June 14, 2019

Sr. Maxine with guest Sister Eileen Ripsin, OSF. Topics: messenger of peace, running as prayer, reentering religious life, a meaningful life. 

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Nuns: Perceptions and Assumptions

Blog Published: May 28, 2007

It is not often that I feel compelled to respond to someone’s comment in an actual post. But a recent comment touches on nun issues that I hear from folks from time to time. I am grateful for those who articulate how they feel about nuns even when it takes the form of respectful criticism. Your feedback is important and helps us nuns to reflect seriously on our ministry and life and on how people perceive us.

"Sisters" and "Light of Love": Two Films about Catholic Sisters

Blog Published: November 4, 2013

Over the past few months we've seen the release of two one-hour documentaries featuring Catholic sisters. The two films offer a view into the world of women's religious life. While there are some similarities between the documentaries -- both follow 5 Catholic sisters, both have the sisters themselves tell their story -- there is much diversity (good diversity!) such as how the sisters express their relationship with God, how they engage they world, how they view religious life, etc.

AS222 Ask Sister - theology as vocation, Hell heresies, heavenly bribes, freedom to choose or reject God

Podcast Recorded: July 19, 2019

Topics: Has Hell changed, heavenly bribes to encourage faith, uniting our suffering with Christ's. Hosts: Sr. Maxine, IHM, and Sr. Shannon, OSF.  

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