Trivia night with sisters attracts young people for social time, raising money for aging religious fund

National Catholic Sisters Week - The "Are you Smarter than the Sisters?" trivia night held in Arlington, Virginia, was part of an effort to reach out to more young Catholics while also promoting awareness of Support Our Aging Religious. More than 100 people came to the fundraiser.

Journey toward interdependence

My dream for the associate-religious relationship is that we become compassionate collaborators living in respectful mutuality  that we become a "we and us" and not a "they and them." This dream is not only for the associate-religious relationship itself, it is for the witness "we" as carriers of our community's charisms provide to our hurting world. As Sr. Joan Chittister said, "Each of us  lay and religious  carries a piece of the truth  but only a piece."

Q & A with Sr. Marie-Paul Ross, providing an education on sexuality

Because of her work trying to counteract the fact that formation programs usually focus on poverty and obedience and have little education on sexuality for the vow of celibate chastity, Sr. Marie-Paul Ross of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception was called "the nun from Canada who is speaking clearly and openly about sexuality" — and was called to Rome.

Q & A with Sr. Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, from the fashion world to the Adrian Dominicans

Sr. Xiomara Méndez-Hernández's journey to becoming an Adrian Dominican began in the fashion world, continued as an associate, and was made official when she professed her final vows Dec. 18 in Santo Domingo, capital of her home country, the Dominican Republic. Today, she's a hospital chaplain for Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

Learning everything again -- and other challenges of religious life

The Life - Too far away. Too close. Culture or charism? Church changes. Lifestyle changes. Holding preferences lightly. The panelists relate what they found most difficult about religious life, both when they entered community and — for some — even now. Influences of culture, of charism, of age all play a role. They addressed this question: What was your most challenging adjustment to religious life?