We have $168,714 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Nuns who administer hospitals are ‘a dying breed’

Catholic World News - August 22, 2011

The New York Times notes that the lack of vocations in many US women’s religious communities has left most Catholic hospitals without religious leadership. “In 1968, nuns or priests served as chief executives of 770 of the country’s 796 Catholic hospitals,” the Times reports. “Today, they preside over eight of 636 hospitals.”

One nun, recently retired from hospital administration, notes that her order (the Franciscan Sisters of Mary) has decided to stop seeking new vocations.

“It was painful,” she said, “but I think it was also courageous to say we’re just not going to recruit any more. Let’s just live out the rest of our lives to the fullest that we possibly can and thank God for what we’ve been able to do. And when the time comes, as they say, the last person turn the lights out.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($168,714 to go):
$200,000.00 $31,285.77
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: DrJazz - Aug. 23, 2011 8:53 AM ET USA

    It was painful, but I buried your talent in the ground. And when the time comes, as they say, the last person put the lights under a bushel basket. Keep up the good work, Sister. By the way, who's caring for the last person if she's ill?

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Preparing for the Synod on the Family October 2
Making sense of the Pope's message to America-- including the Kim Davis meeting October 2
Coming of (old) age under Obamacare: a rant October 1
1971: The best of times, the worst of times October 1
How Christianity spreads around the globe September 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope issues new rules to streamline annulment process CWN - September 8
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24