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Younger sisters renew relationships to prepare for future leadership, collaboration

More than 100 younger sisters will gather in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend to compare notes, renew old ties and continue preparing for the future of religious life. The Collaborative Leadership Development Program works to develop the next generation of leaders among women religious.

Confusion arises over using sisters' land for Irish national maternity hospital

Contention over the relocation of Ireland's new national maternity hospital to a site owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity in Dublin has raised questions about the clinical independence of the new facility and thrust the congregation into the public spotlight, rekindling attention to past controversies.

Immaculata's new president faces modern college challenges

In today's market, small colleges and universities have to be nimble. In July, Immaculata University, founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is taking a step that is both historically significant and perhaps important to the school's long-term prospects: bringing in a president who was instrumental in helping another Catholic university find a firmer financial footing. She also happens to be the school's first president who is not a Catholic sister or priest.

Netflix's 'The Keepers' investigates nun's unsolved murder, a case tied to sex abuse, cover-up

Series review - "The Keepers" is an outstanding series that integrates interviews and evidence to examine a story involving the murder of two young women nearly 50 years ago, sex abuse of minors on a devastating scale and possible cover-ups.
Related - Q & A with Gemma Hoskins from 'The Keepers' and series director Ryan White

May 11, 2017

"Refounding is not easy: it was never meant to be. And yet it is a possibility for all of us, no matter how stuck we may feel. But it does require a risky, daring sense of openness and a willingness to embrace daunting new horizons of creativity and experiment."

An elder reflects on the transformation of religious life

I share the fear of younger members that their religious communities are stuck. We are set in our ways and it is not exclusively that the "hierarchy won't let us change;" it is because we choose not to change. Will this entrenchment change without a deeper attention to primary relationships, a different commitment to common prayer, and a movement away from individualism to interdependence?