Posts Tagged ‘Religious Life’

Auckland SMSM training centre to close Comments 0

Friday, October 16th, 2015

After more than six years, the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary ( SMSM ) has stopped using four adjacent homes in Gloucester Rd in Manurewa, as its training centre. The religious order has run training programmes in New Zealand for 80 years and in Auckland since 1995. The society’s Auckland administrator Sister Patricia Leamy Read more

Sisters and priests wowing the judges in Reality TV Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Church is well represented on Reality TV in the last 12 months. Last year, Sister Cristina Scuccia won Italy’s version of The Voice talent show, and went on to release a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin as her debut single. Father Damian Maria Montes, 29, from Madrid, appeared  wearing  his clerical collar on Read more

Taking a leap of faith into religious life Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Young men and women in New Zealand are devoting their lives to the Church. We hear from some of them about their path ahead. Jane Maisey spent her twenties exploring, both physically and spiritually, looking at different religions and ways of being. But it wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes that she came back to the Read more

New generation nuns Comments 0

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Mechanical bulls, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, go-karts: Before becoming a nun, Sister Virginia Joy helped insure them all. “I was a go-between between the underwriters and the customers,” said Sister Virginia Joy, a former high school soccer star from South Carolina now wearing a habit of white and navy blue. She was fighting Midtown Manhattan Read more

Out for a stroll – sharing the big questions Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Last Saturday the Young Church Ministries in the Wellington Archdiocese ran a programme called SEEK 2015. A group of young adults joined with Cardinal John Dew, Diocesan and Marist priests, seminarians, Sisters of Compassion, Marist Brothers, married couples and their families and consecrated singles from around the archdiocese of Wellington at the Home of Compassion, Island Read more

New Zealanders still choosing the religious life Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report  briefly profiled the New Zealanders who are in the process joining communities of religious. One woman and two men briefly spoke about their motivation and about their experience of living in a community. The report noted that while there are not lot of people opting for religious life these days, Read more

Inter-congregational ministry and formation for US sisters Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Inter-congregational ministries and formation were among the topics explored at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious 2015 assembly. Former executive director Sr Janet Mock emphasised the need for inter-congregational ministries. The St Joseph Sister said there could be no “superstars” in religious life. Sr Mock discussed the need for current leadership to ensure that younger Read more

Religious sisters aged either side of 100 have died Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Two religious sisters aged either side of 100 have died in recent days: Sister Mary Winefride RSM and Sister Mary Walburga DOLC. Mercy sister Mary Winefride Blake died on 30 July in Hutt Hospital. She was 101 years old. Winefride grew up in a musical house and spent much of her life teaching singing a Read more

Elderly Nuns cared for in Jewish rest home Comments 0

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life. She always thought she would live out her days as she had for decades, in a convent under the time-honored Roman Catholic tradition of younger nuns dutifully caring for their older sisters. But with few young women choosing religious Read more

Convent stories Comments 0

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

I call Sr Silvana on the landline and she apologises for not having a mobile signal – she was in the basement. Not walking the cloister in silence but running a hostel and helping the students she works with. Much of our conversation is spent talking about school (I went to one run by the Read more