A peek into Catholic Sisters' history, lifestyles and communities

The Benedictines recently hosted a discernment experience that was amazing! Women from Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas gathered to learn about some of the different communities that are available to them here in the Midwest. They also enjoyed a film that explores the role of – and stereotypes associated with – the habit. Finally, they toured a local version of the national Women and Spirit exhibit sponsored by LCWR. Here’s a recap of the experience. Continue Reading

Sisters seek 'Women and Spirit' visitors

Photos and story by Leon Lagerstam, Dispatch-Argus

Sisters from religious communities along the Upper Mississippi River Valley stretching from the Quad-Cities to LaCrosse, Wis., are featured in the “Women and Spirit” display that’s open for public viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays this month at Christ the King Church,3209 60th St.

The portable display was created a couple of years ago as a companion piece to the national “Women and Spirit” exhibit.

“It’s a valuable piece of history,” Sister Marlene Miller said. “It shows the women we have followed, and who built the foundation for the rest of us to follow.” Continue Reading

A look at some real Women and Spirit

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

This weekend, we took a group of women looking at religious life to the local Women and Spirit exhibit. We – and they – had a wonderful and interesting time! Here’s what the Women & Spirit website says about the now-complete national exhibit:

“‘WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America’ was a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center.

“It revealed the mystery behind a small group of innovative American women who helped shape the nation’s social and cultural landscape. Continue Reading