Posts filed under Consecrated Life

A positive Final Report on the CDF Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR

I had been hoping (and suggesting, while being shot down by certain “experts”) the situation with the review of the US religious sisters’ leadership group LCWR was a little more positive than it looked. One reason was that when I sent my book A Report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans Today (a reform oriented work not… (read more)

Join us in praying a Pentecost novena, for ourselves and for sisters

My friends and I who make up the core of the Father Mazzuchelli Society have felt moved to pray a novena for religious sisters, and for those in formation in women’s religious communities, and we decided to let this be a proper novena of Pentecost, joining ourselves to the first novena or nine days of… (read more)

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)

Is NCAN a “front group” for LCWR?

I posted yesterday on Sister Donna Quinn, OP and her publicity group NCAN attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor and others suing the government for their religious freedom vis a vis the HHS mandate. The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) is a front group for radical feminism, the sexual revolution and the Culture… (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

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