(left) shares a
moment with fellow
friar, Father Quinn
O DOUBT ABOUT IT, there’s been a demographic shift going on in
religious communities for some time. There are more older religious
than younger new members (whose smaller numbers are actually
historically typical though).
So what is it like when God calls you to religious life during such change?
Four younger religious report on their own experiences.
The grace of living with elders
BY SISTER MICHELLE LESHER, S.S.J.
Exiting the room of one of our 80-something sisters, I smiled, aware that we
had just shared a profound moment. In our conversation, we reminded each
other of the essence of our call to be Sisters of Saint Joseph. We talked about
God, prayer, and the joys and struggles of community life. We laughed, cried,
sat quietly, and told tons of stories; in the midst of all of that, we even played
Young and even middle-aged people who enter a religious
community often have fewer peers these days. The age
gap can have challenges but not as many as most think.
The passion of youth
meets the wisdom of age
COUR TES Y OF THE ORDER OF CARMELITES