From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sr. Maxine and her guest Sr. Michele Denton talk about surprises along the way to entering religious life.
Every weekday morning before class begins, Laurie Quirk, chairwoman of the English Department at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, waits for students to show up to share a brief prayer service enriched by the words of St. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. The weekday prayer service is just one way the school passes on the commonsense Salesian virtues to its 500 students, all girls. They, the alumnae and their families are entrusted to model the Visitation charism developed at a school founded in 1799, the oldest one for Catholic girls in the original 13 states.
GSR Today - Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team chaplain, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, garners affection for valid, welcome reasons. But there are some points that we at GSR would like to share with our media colleagues.
At the end of two weeks of meetings that drew women from throughout the world, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women called for stronger efforts to advocate equality for a largely ignored group — rural women and girls.
A community of young Salvadoran sisters asked to participate in the Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious (LSSAWR). Our meeting was graced with so many transformative encounters that it drew me into a deeper reflection on the Feast of the Visitation.
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.
"There are only a few of us who are in this wonderful, privileged position of being able to say, 'OK, we are looking at this as historians. We are also looking at this as insiders.' How do I tell the story of religious life as one who has lived it?"
We live in a world that seems to be unraveling before our eyes. But even in the midst of this collapse, there is a resurgence of grassroots efforts to make a difference.
Take a plant cutting and let it grow in new soil: Keep the constitutive elements (lifelong consecrated celibacy and community) and replant them. Engage today's seekers in open and honest dialogue and then give them space to create community. Trust in God to lead us.
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."