Episcopal Church nuns received into the Catholic Church

UPDATE: I posted a request to readers HERE about writing to the sisters to welcome them into formal communion.


I enjoyed this story in the Baltimore Sun:

Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomes new order of nuns

All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor left the Episcopal Church two years ago

The Archdiocese of Baltimore added a new religious order of nuns Tuesday, its first in decades and one that began as an Anglican community.

The All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor left the Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church two years ago. By a decree from the Vatican, they are now an official diocesan priory, or order, the same designation carried by the School Sisters of Notre Dame or the Daughters of Charity.

“We feel we have broken ground,” said Mother Christina Christie, leader of the community and a nun since 1966.

Yesterday, All Saints’ Day, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all 10 members of the Catonsville convent individually professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience “for the rest of my life in this world.” Then each signed her profession at the altar before nearly two dozen priests and bishops.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien chose Nov. 1, the sisters’ patronal feast day, to officially receive the community into the archdiocese.

“This is a great day and a great gift to the church in Baltimore,” O’Brien said to the congregation. “Few bishops have had such an opportunity.”


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  1. tealady24 says:

    Aren’t they beautiful in their religious habits? Too bad Roman Catholic nuns, who have walked away from this, don’t follow suit.

    May God bless them!

  2. Long-Skirts says:

    tealady24 said:

    “Too bad Roman Catholic nuns, who have walked away from this, don’t follow suit. ”

    ….or at least pick up their habit. ;-)
    They are magnificent!!


    Cognizant of
    The educated
    I’ve seen how many
    Do end…

    Where marriage vows
    Are lopped truncated
    Though thesis
    They’ll defend.

    For degrees and grants
    Until their dead…

    But intelligent man
    Trusting in God’s plan
    Bequeath opuses beyond
    Death’s bed.

    Viva Cristo Rey!!!!!

  3. Laura R. says:

    Years ago I used to go to All Saints Convent for weekend retreats. It was and presumably still is a beautiful place, both the physical setting of the convent and grounds, and the spirit of the lives and work of the sisters themselves. I was overjoyed to learn two years ago that they and I were on the same journey across the Tiber. Now that they can re-open their novitiate, I hope they will have many vocations. God bless them indeed!

  4. Laura R. says:

    There is another article about these sisters here:


    The article says that the sisters will have the option of entering a U.S. Ordinariate once one is established.

  5. Simon_GNR says:

    Wow! Nuns that actually dress like nuns! Good luck to them, and my they be blessed with new vocations to the religious life in their order. Little by little, traditions are continuing to re-establish themselves.

  6. wanda says:

    Beautiful. I am blessed to know the priest in the photo, Fr. Michael DeAscanis. He used to be our pastor, I was so sad when he was moved to St. Agnes (photo.) He is a holy priest indeed, he began on a small scale, to offer Mass in the EF in a nearby small chapel. The mass is still offered at his other church, he is pastor over two. He leads Eucharistic processions to a nearby abortion clinic among other devotions.

    Welcome home Sisters and may God bless you.

    We learned so much from him.

  7. Christine says:

    God Bless these nuns and my He bless their order with many vocations.

  8. This brings such joy! Many years ago, while I was still an Anglican, a wonderful nun from this order would come out to Illinois to lead retreats once or twice a year, and we were incredibly blessed by her. I regularly pray for friends still in the various Anglican sects to make the journey home to Rome, but I hadn’t thought of the All Saints sisters in a long time. So this news is a special blessing to me, and, I hope, a real encouragement to my friends still waiting for the Ordinariate.

  9. mamosco says:

    Welcome and God bless them.

    Praise God they LOOK like nuns. I hope they don’t listen to some of their Catholic counter parts about habits or the lack there of.

  10. Jim Ryon says:

    They were received individually about two years ago. It is their order that is now being recognized by the church.

  11. irishgirl says:

    What beautiful Sisters! I love it that they LOOK LIKE RELIGIOUS!
    Welcome home, dear All Saints Sisters! And may they receive many new vocations…..and that they keep their traditional habits!
    What a perfect day to be received into the Church-their ‘patronal day’!

  12. Denita says:

    This is GREAT! I use to buy cards from their Scriptorium. I also read a book about their love of nature, especially birds. When I was Episcopalian, I even considered joining their order. I’m so glad their home. We need more like them.

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