Thursday, July 03, 2008

That's The Signpost Up Ahead — Your Next Stop, The Labyrith Zone
Ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne

I've posted many a time in the past concerning the decline of numer of priests, nuns, etc. Just the drop in belief in The Real Presence is enough to make you weep.

But this article from The California Catholic Daily pretty much says it all. Here's some of it; (Emphasis mine) “Not ready to make that commitment”
With no new vocations in 20 years, just six sisters remain at once thriving monastery

The Benedictine sisters of Holy Spirit Monastery in Grand Terrace (near San Bernardino) are experiencing what most other U.S. women’s religious orders are undergoing – its members are aging and it is receiving no new vocations. At its height, Holy Spirit Monastery had 20 members. Today, it numbers six sisters, whose average age is 70.

Holy Spirit Monastery has had no new member in 20 years. "People are not ready to make that commitment,” Sister Doris Market told the June 28 Riverside Press Enterprise. “They do something for three or four years and they want to do something else."

Holy Spirit, along with 15 other monasteries across the U.S., belongs to the Federation of St. Gertrude, which has about 900 members – half the number it had 30 years ago. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, from 1965 to today, the number of nuns nationwide has dropped by about 65%, from 179,954 to 63,699. In 2004, the National Religious Retirement Office projected that by 2023 there will be just 24,036 nuns in the U.S., 79% of whom will be 75 or older.

To attract new members, the Grand Terrace Benedictines set up a web site (, with a vocations page. The sisters offer as well “SPIRIT Live- Experience” for single Catholic women who do not take vows but wish to live in the monastery and participate in the sisters’ life. (SPIRIT stands for Seekers of Peace Intent on Reverence and Interested in Transformation.) Only one woman has jointed SPIRIT; she left after two years to care for a sick parent.

The life of the Grand Terrace sisters consists of common prayer three times a day and common meals.
They no longer wear the black-and white Benedictine habit, but dress in blouses, slacks, and dresses.

The sisters have had “ministries” outside the monastery, though a few are now retired. Sister Christine-Marie Fendel, for instance, works in the Early Start Program for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Sister Joan Marie Sasse offers workshops dealing with meditation, relaxation, and healing, for stress management. She has authored seven audiotapes on these subjects. In March and April, Sister Joan Marie offered a retreat at the monastery, teaching Neuro Linguistic Programming and the “Light of Christ,” to help retreat participants overcome “old habits” and “shift consciousness” to renew their lives.

The monastery offers other Sister Joan retreats: “Use Your Brain to Make a Change” and “Living Life to the Fullest,” combining Neuro Linguistics, psychology, religion, and prayer.
Good Lord, the Rad-Novus Ordites are that arrogant that they fail to see the obvious right in front of them.


Blogger Adam said...

I laughed out loud in Latin class the other day when we learned the word "Novus." It does mean new, but it has alternative definition of "strange."

6:39 AM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

You hit the nail on the head, Cave, "they are that arrogant that they have failed to see the obvious right in front of them." Most probably is because they "refuse" to "acknowledge" the obvious, because it's not in their "game plan". Anyone with a "true" calling would not even consider joining the likes of such.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

The young vocations are being scooped up by the traditional sisters.

Why would a young girl aspire to polyester shorts and a day job?

10:37 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

glad to see the hippies disappearing!

2:27 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Funny how the Carmelites are having no problems with their vocations, but that might just because they wear their HABITS!

Vocations are directly proportional to orthodoxy and Habits.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Yeah, who would want to join a religious order that advertises slacks and blouses as the dress. Tradition is the only thing that is going to attract new vocations. This has already been demonstrated in various orders throughout the country. When the habit is dropped, trouble begins.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Amen! How funny that the orders that mainatined the veil and remained loyal to Rome continue to get vocations.

Can you imagine Blessed Mother Teresa or Mother Angelica in polyester pants and no veil?

11:31 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

FAB: I shudder in the thought of Bl. Mother Theresa and Mother Angelica without habit and veil and in regular people clothes.

I can never see them wearing "pins"

6:15 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

May this order fall apart soon and another, faithfl one take its place.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

Christine said: glad to see the hippies disappearing......Boy, you can say that again! But there does remain some old die-hards. Whenever I would hear someone say, "the sixties were the best years," I'd want to puke, literally. But, it's a good chance to remind them of what all occured then and how all the evil we see today began then.

2:04 PM  

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