Nun Shortage: How to Join the Convent

There is a shortage of Roman Catholic nuns. The pay isn't great but there is employment security and spiritual satisfaction.

So, how do you take the first step in exploring whether to join the convent? Triona Adams, who joined the Benedictine order at age 26, said in the Daily Mail, that the process was a lot like dating. You keep your eyes open for a match that seems like it will work out. Adams found staying weekends with different orders of nuns helped her sort things out.

If you are interested in this road less traveled, you are not alone. Women of all ages, including baby boomers like Sister Marianne Comfort, are drawn to this lifestyle of community, based on spiritual values. You can learn more about these women through the newsletter Giving Voice. The voices in the newsletter represent members of communities of nuns ranging from the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minn. to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

To focus more specifically on orders you might like to join, you can contact the Roman Catholic diocese or the archdiocese in your area and ask for contact information. Perhaps like Adams you will want to spend a weekend doing your "due diligence" on the group.

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