QUAERITUR: sending information for the Visitation of Women Religious

A priest reader of WDTPRS writes asking:

Dear Fr. Z,
How can we get our experience of heterodox sisters to the congregation rightly investigating these women?

The best way I can think of is to write directly to the one appointed to coordinate the visitation, Mother Mary Clare Millea, ASCJ.  They have a contact form here.

As in any instance of making concerns known to ecclesiastical authority, whether it is about liturgical abuse or heterodox preaching, etc., follow the tips for writing I posted HERE.

Keep in mind especially the need to back up what you say with some kind of documentation…. things they printed and distributed, screenshots of their websites with links, sound or video recordings, letters they wrote, etc.

Also… and this is important… also for the love of God also write about the good things you see in some communities!

The Apostolic Visitation is not merely about sticking it to the weird wicca wymym who are spinning out of control.  It is to access what the state of the question is in the United States.  That means also accessing the good communities which are faithful and strong.

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  1. mrsmontoya says:

    Thank you I just wrote to commend this community to them: http://www.nunsmenlo.org/

  2. Tominellay says:

    I really liked the question…

  3. mrsmontoya says:

    to clarify: the community I commended to them is one that is very reverent and traditional – to support Father’s request that we let the investigators know about the good communities. The Cloistered Dominican Nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, CA have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day from 8-6, they sing the litergy of the hours, they maintain an aspect of reverence for Our Lord and of sacred tradition.

  4. Steve K. says:

    I will do the same for the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church (http://www.sistersofmarymotherofthechurch.org/)

    They are an order near Spokane, Washington – they broke off from a schismatic order and reconciled with the Church recently. They are amazing women. I met them last year in Sydney airport, they were returning from World Youth Day and I was arriving in Australia for a business trip. I was very impressed and inspired by them. Go to their website and read their story about returning to the Church.

    The Holy See should definitely know about these women religious.

  5. Pelicanus says:

    On a similar point, can one make representations to the Holy See in advance of an “ad limina” visit?

  6. It’s so obvious – those nuns following the Tradition of the Church are vibrant and growing, while the modernists are all dying off – literally. Putting a habit back on is good for a nun’s reminder of identity (and ditto on clergy and mens’ religious). Pointing out these growing Orders / Congregations would be a good thing.

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