For those of us experiencing midlife in religious life right now it is difficult to experience the concept of "generativity." Complacency and conformity are among our biggest threats. We need urgently to be nonconformists.
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.
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.
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.
Sr. Rose Pacatte speaks with Ryan White, award-winning documentary director of "The Keepers," and Gemma Hoskins, one of Sr. Catherine Cesnik's former students, who has been independently investigating the nun's murder.
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
"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."
Book Review: The roots of a new understanding of religious life lie in an understanding of the paradigm religious have historically followed and the often misunderstood and misrepresented history of religious life.
From NCRonline, A small c catholic - As a Protestant with regular exposure to Catholicism, I'm always intrigued by reactions I hear from other Protestants (and people of non-Christian faith traditions) to Catholic women religious, a term many Protestants have never heard.
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?