"And so the journey continues, sometimes uphill, sometime on smooth terrain. Rocks and thorns will be part of any journey, but I have a deep belief that the Almighty will never let me down."

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New novices start online: study shows sisters could up their internet outreach

Catholic women religious know using the internet to recruit new sisters is effective, and though few have a strategy for exactly how to do that, they're willing to learn, new research shows.

A study released April 18 by A Nun's Life Ministry says most congregations have an online presence — usually a website and a Facebook page — and are eager to further their use of the internet to connect with women discerning a call to religious life.

Deepening the idea of hospitality in New York: Franciscan house is like a mini-UN

Every day, hundreds of people walk up and down the Upper Manhattan block of 97th Street just off of Broadway and pass an inconspicuous brown door. They probably never give it a thought or care. But to knock on that door and be greeted by Sr. Mary Petrosky of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary is to enter a warm, welcoming and comfortable space, one that merges the spirit of a convent with a kind of mini-United Nations.

Holy Thursday foot washing calls everyone to service

Last year, Pope Francis issued a decree revising the rules for the traditional foot-washing ritual on Holy Thursday, saying the rite should no longer be limited to men and boys but also include women and girls. A rash of headlines was received with mixed reactions by the Catholic community across the globe. While some individual priests in Kenya long ago adapted the ritual of foot washing to women, others adamantly cling to tradition.