I want to use my twitter account on Sundays to let people know about the plight of nuns here in the US today.
Basically, the nuns who have been faithful to the Vatican guidelines and their founders have gotten vocations, the ones who have gone off on feminist, new age, or other strange directions have not gotten new members and are dying out. The more time has gone on since the 1970s has borne this out. There are many new wonderful orders that I want to spotlight, many resources for those who are discerning a vocation to the vowed life too. I prefer to concentrate on the positive, but will include links and info to show some things that are still happening today that are very sad.
The sad evidence:
"The number of nuns nationwide has plummeted from nearly 180,000 in 1965 to fewer than 62,000 in 2008, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. That 66 percent decline is more than double the 31 percent drop in the number of priests during the same time period.
The average nun in the United States is in her mid-70s, said Mary Gautier, a senior research associate with the center."
"There can be good reasons for the church to conduct a study of its nuns. Their numbers are declining fast. Their communities are shrinking." Quote from Chicago Times reporter's article.
More links on books about the sad state of many nuns and convents in the US will be posted here soon.
Pray for nuns and for new vocations, that the sound of Christ's call will be heard over the voice of the world in many generous hearts willing to give themselves for Love.