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An ever-changing collection of videos, podcasts and articles exploring the surprising lives and moving truths of women religious.

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January 05, 2015
Sister Jill Underdahl, CSJ describes what religious life is life for her: “Picking up on some things I’ve already said, I would say that religious... Read More
Education, Prayer
January 05, 2015
Meeting my sister was fun. She is reserved and funny. I suppose that we were both nervous because we laughed a lot. I enjoyed getting to know her... Read More
Community
December 29, 2014
Meeting the Catholic sisters involved in our oral-history project was such an honor. To be in a room full of women who have made it their life’s... Read More
Community
December 24, 2014
All About Love is a film by Za'Nia Coleman about her experiences with Sister Elaine LaCanne, OP during the Fall of 2014 oral history project at St.... Read More
Community
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what the vow of chastity means to her: “Second vow is the vow of chastity. This one is even more... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 23, 2014
I am not Catholic, nor have I ever identified as Catholic, so naturally, I do not have a lot of knowledge of the religion or its followers. The only... Read More
Community
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what the vow of obedience means to her: “Obedience [is] probably the toughest of all. None of us is too... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what her most gratifying work has been in her ministry: “I think teaching college theology. I taught... Read More
Community, Education, Prayer
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what changes she experienced with Vatican II: “Well, it changed a lot. I wore the habit for ten years—... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what the symbol of her community is: “Here’s the deal: I’m very proud of being a nun. I think it’s... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 23, 2014
Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ discusses what the vow of poverty means to her" “We make the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Is it okay... Read More
Community, Education
December 19, 2014
Sister Laverne Hudalla, OSB discusses things about religious life that surprised her: “I think you see the sisters from the outside. Once you... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 19, 2014
Sister Laverne Hudalla, OSB discusses some of the changes she experienced with Vatican II: “Something else that happened as a result of Vatican II... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 19, 2014
Sister Laverne Hudalla, OSB discusses her thoughts on Pope Francis: “He was more than a breath of fresh air. His concern for the poor, and the... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 19, 2014
Sister Laverne Hudalla, OSB discusses what the role of women religious is in the 21st century: “The role of women religious is going to continue... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 19, 2014
What happens when the subject turns the camera on you and starts asking questions. Za'Nia Coleman found out as Sister Elaine LaCanne, OP did that... Read More
Community, Education
December 18, 2014
The three vows: poverty, chastity and obedience. To the average woman, committing her life to living by these vows doesn’t seem like fun. However, to... Read More
Community, Education
December 17, 2014
Sister Marie Fujan, OSB discusses a final though she has about what people should do: “I believe if we all would be devoted to discerning in our... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses how liberating Vatican II was for her: “So, Vatican II was very liberating. There were many other... Read More
Community, Prayer
December 17, 2014
Sister Florence Steichen, CSJ discusses how religious life and politics work together: [Reading quote]: "'I am not willing to admit that being... Read More
Community, Education

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