Category Archives: Women Religious

ACTION ITEM! Help the nuns complete their beautiful monastic church!

UPDATE 19 August 2018: Great news!   The wonderful Benedictines are being promoted.  The will soon have a Abbess instead of a Prioress. Hence, come September there will be a traditional consecration of an Abbess.  That hasn’t happened in these USA for … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Faithful, active women religious. Where to go?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been discerning a religious vocation for about a year and a half, but lately I’ve been frustrated and confused about the right community to look into. My vocations director is a member of an LCWR … Read More

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Budding young feminist archeologists

Make some popcorn and look at a piece at Fishwrap about young feminists sitting at the knees of Sr. Joan “Triumph in Tahir” Chittister, learning from her Yoda-like wisdom.  It’ll be a nostaglic read.  My emphases and comments. Young women ask difficult questions … Read More

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Father’s Day gift idea – from the “hearts”

Seeing that, in the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (the day after the Sacred Heart of Jesus), I point once again your attention to the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles whose … Read More

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Carmelite Nuns seeking Priest Chaplain

The last time I played yenta for a group of sisters looking for a chaplain, the results were pretty good!  HERE Today I received a note from Mother Mary Bethany OCD, of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Georgetown, California (D. Sacramento). They … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Help the Benedictines of Mary! Urgent before Christmas.

Some news from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  I often feature music from their great discs in my podcasts. They have a lot of their income from their music discs. The sisters need urgent help. This news came: … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “Transgender” nun?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is going to happen when someone who identifies as a male , but is in a sane biological based world female, wants to become a priest of some male who competed on the girls soccer … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What Happens to Professed Religious in Orders that Don’t Make It?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As one currently discerning a religious vocation, I was wondering: if someone takes vows in a religious order before it is officially approved by the Holy See (such as an “ad experimentum” order), what happens to … Read More

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The dying out of women religious, and the crisis of religious, priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

If anyone in the English speaking world knows what the status quaestionis is concerning American women religious it’s Ann Carey. She has written insightful books about, especially, why some orders are imploding from their own suicide pact with modernity.  See … Read More

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Spiffy new Christmas Music disc from the Dominican Sisters of Mary

Lots of groups are coming out with sacred music discs these days.  GREAT! Well in advance of the Advent/Christmas season, the Dominican Sisters of Mary in Ann Arbor, MI have a new Christmas music disc.  They are celebrating their own 20th … Read More

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Help Carmelite nuns who make altar linens

There are several groups of sisters whom I like to support.  I just received a note from another: the Carmelites of Port Tobacco. Frankly, I had to look that up to see if it was a real place and group. … Read More

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LCWR UPDATE: Fidget Spinner, Mickey Mouse, and interesting gestures

Update from the annual meeting of the LCWR: Not photoshopped: What do you want to bet that some of these same gals back in March 2016, during the political campaign, accused Trump supporters of being Nazis when they raised their … Read More

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LCWR Assembly BEGINS! “Shifting from I to WE”

The annual conflab of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) starts today at a luxury location in Orlando. I am still downcast about how they rejected my request for press credentials.  It was so traumatic.  I still choke up. … Read More

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Women religious: compare and contrast

Something at the SSPX website caught my eye. Here is a photo from a story of the profession of vows of some sisters associated with the SSPX: “Two American Postulants Join the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Italy” … Read More

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Sr. Simone “the Contemplative” Campbell

I read a story about Sr. Simone Campbell, of Nuns on the Bus fame.  You will remember how she lobbies constantly and vocally for the platform of the Party of Death (aka Democrats) including abortion-promoting Obamacare (aka Unaffordable Care Act). … Read More

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Singing nuns… they’re back!

Every month I get a small donation from the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa.  They are great! And they sing. Singing nuns… they’re back! Have a look at this. On 7 Feb 2017, the sisters sang the National Anthem at … Read More

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Wimple by Wimple in New Jersey

A few days ago I was in Florence and I saw things and places associated with Savonarola.  This, of course, reminded me of the smoke-scented glycerin soap made by the wonderful Summit Dominicans, the great “soap sisters”, called “Savonarola”… get it? … Read More

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1962: Of Manners in Church, of the Vernacular, and of Vocations

One of you readers sent me a link to a video from 1962, made in Ireland, about the changes in the Ritual for administration of sacraments, especially of Marriage and Baptism.   They talk about the New Ritual, the introduction of … Read More

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FROM THE ARCHIVE: 1993 – When Mother Angelica EXPLODED!

Today something passed my screen which reminded me of that incredible Catholic TV moment when Mother Angelica exploded about the shenanigans at World Youth Day in 1993 where a woman portrayed Christ for a Way of the Cross done in … Read More

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A joyous young woman enters Carmel

This is pretty cool. A friend alerted me to this video of a young woman entering a Carmel.   More HERE. You young women out there, think about it. I don’t think that God is calling fewer women per capita … Read More

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