from a profession of vows ceremony for six nuns who are part of the Sisters of Life order founded by the late John Cardinal O’Connor in New York 12 years ago.
Two women were taking their perpetual vows, three their first vows, and one was renewing. These are all different stages in formation for these sisters who are devoted to protecting the santity of life from conception to natural death. They run a very large research center on pro-life issues as well as care for moms and babies in crisis situations.
It was a beautiful service in the Bronx with about 50 priests and brothers and forty nuns taking part. Lots of singing!
The refreshing part is that the Sisters of Life took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and THAT WAS IT. No but-my-real-sexual-preference is.… They want to give their lives to God and sexuality is not the issue. They are mature, worldly women who have looked at that and decided religious life makes us happier than a close sexual relationship with another person would. I’ve talked to them about this. They mean it. They are simply openly nuns.
Anyway, it was nice.