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Reviving historical forms of religious life to meet today's needs

Three congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph, by different paths, have come back to including agrégées into their vocations. Agrégées were part of the first St. Joseph communities, organized in LePuy, France, around 360 years ago. Now communities in Concordia, Kansas; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Springfield, Massachusetts, have such members again. Global Sisters Report takes a look at these "new" forms and emerging ways of religious life.

Reflection on the apostolic visitation, 2008-2017

One of our novices asked me to share my experience of living the vowed life. I looked forward to an honest conversation — I wanted her to know the gift religious life is for me. After 59 years, it is still the best decision I ever made! Her first question, however, took me off guard. "What is a metaphor for your relationship with the hierarchical church?"

Sisters in Harlem put motherhouse on the market

Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, one of three mostly black communities of women religious in the United States. announced they will sell their Harlem motherhouse as part of a restructuring effort. "We need to expand to places outside of New York as our number increases," said Sr. Gertrude Lilly Ihenacho, head of the congregation.