way many young adults do. “it is
important for me to stay connected
with some of my college friends. We
try to get together for a movie or
hang out at a friend’s house,” said
sister erin Zubel, o.s.U. of the Ursuline sisters of Cleveland, who also
God has called them.
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you commit to religious
life or another way
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she and several of the women
interviewed for this article also
attend Giving Voice gatherings—in-
tercommunity gatherings of sisters
under age 50 (see www.giving-voice.
org)—and stay in touch with friends
found there. Because the culture of
religious life is more open than it
used to be, and because there are
so few young people, the elders in
many communities encourage their
younger members to connect with
peers from all
walks of life.
there may be
less of a gap
in any given
on the per-
Harmony in a living or ministry
situation often seems to come down
Sister Erin Zubel, O.S.U.
Joan Felling, OSB, is a chaplain and one of our organists. Beth Wegscheid,
OSB, is in formation, recently returned from a mission on White Earth
Reservation. She sings in the Schola, works in the Liturgy Office, and is
a talented jewelry maker. Sisters Joan and Beth are in the same living group,
where they share meals, prayer, and the joys and challenges of religious life.
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to attitudes, openness, and personalities. sister Jennifer Marie Zimmerman, s.n.D., 29, of the sisters of
notre Dame in Toledo, ohio said, “i
was aware of the age difference, sure,
but never stopped to think about
it when i first entered. The sisters i
knew best before entering the com-
munity were in their 40s and 50s,
with a very ‘young’ spirit.”
How to keep the vision alive
Cimperman puts forth a challenge to
communities that are learning to live
with a large population of elders at