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Path to religious life varies, especially when sisters start out non-Catholic

The overwhelming majority of those pursuing vocations in Catholic religious life in the church were born into the faith. But a small, steady stream of men and women choose first to become Catholic and then, in what is perhaps an even larger leap of faith, choose religious life itself.

Indian nun accuses bishop of raping, abusing her; cleric denies charges

An Indian Catholic nun accused a bishop of raping her four years ago and then sexually abusing her multiple times over the following two years. But it was not until June 29 that the unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police of being raped in May 2014 by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Sisters set to transform typical assembly into 'Revolution of Goodness'

The upcoming assembly of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, themed "A Revolution of Goodness," foregoes a keynote speaker and strategic planning; instead it will include invited members of the general public. Sisters and affiliates sought out goodness in the world, and they will be reporting on what they found.

A year in The Life: We have interwoven our lives and dreams

The Life - Inspiring. Enriching. Expanding. Sustaining. Nourishing. Creating solidarity. A profound sisterhood. A shared community of life around the world. That is how the panelists described their experience of writing for The Life this year. This month — the last month of the 2017-18 panel — we invited all the panelists to reflect on the year.