Posts filed under Consecrated Life

Strong new statement by CDF to LCWR, but the problem is deep (and close to home)

There’s been some very positive news for everyone who hopes for resolution of the serious problems in most communities of women religious whose leaders belong to the larger and far more troubled of the two US women’s religious superiors’ groups, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The news is unfortunately not that there’s been deep… (read more)

Absolutely and completely priceless

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist react to the appearance of white smoke: Closer to home, the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ reaction seems to have been, in fact, beautifully similar: A note to our facebook fans from Prioress Mary Ellen Gevelinger, OP: “Habemus Papam! The vision of Pope Francis, bowing his head to receive… (read more)

Journalist covers Sister Simone at Holy Wisdom–and the Catholic obejctions

I have been very busy; these articles were online on Thursday and Friday but here they are now finally on my blog. In the newspaper was Doug Erickson’s article covering Sister Simone’s talk at the Faith-Labor breakfast at Holy Wisdom Monastery on Thursday morning, in which for instance we learn what she thinks of the… (read more)

Sister Simone Campbell at the formerly-Catholic Holy Wisdom Monastery

For the last couple of weeks I have been collecting testimonies from local Catholic friends of mine, regarding why Catholics should not support Holy Wisdom Monastery, once a Catholic Benedictine religious community but not anymore, and now a very religiously irregular place. Included are testimonies from someone who was a board member there shortly before… (read more)

Monastic gifts, for the Camp Gray Benefit Dinner

Apparently, various groups are putting together gift baskets to raise funds at the annual Benefit Dinner for our diocese’s great Catholic summer camp, Camp Gray. The Cathedral Parish young adults were asked to do one, and I thought of a theme I would enjoy and volunteered to put it together: things from monasteries, which make… (read more)

The problem with Holy Wisdom Monastery

In the late 1950s and early 60s there was a Catholic girls’ high school just north of Madison, run by Benedictine Sisters (historic photo above). Times changed, the school closed, and the Sisters, going with the spirit of the age, became very liberal. Eventually, the two remaining elderly Sisters (and a protestant woman who joined… (read more)

Imagine Sisters

Our future

From the WI State Journal Sunday: He remembers praying the rosary with his family as a middle-school student outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s East Side, which provides abortions. He figures he’s been back 30 or so times, sometimes by himself, other times with friends. “I pray not only that the institution would close… (read more)

A Sinsinawa Dominican gives a homily, and an Archbishop gives them a homily

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