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Nashville Dominicans buck the downward trend in women's religious communities

CWN - September 15, 2010

The Nashville Dominicans, with 27 new postulants entering their community this year, are among the traditional religious communities that are growing despite an overall decline in the number of American women religious, the Associate Press notes.

Like other thriving orders, the Nashville Dominicans—officially, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville—offer a life of strict discipline and unabashed devotion to Catholic traditions.

Sisters at St. Cecilia's and other thriving U.S. orders typically are younger, which makes them closer in age to potential newcomers. These orders also emphasize traditional practices, like wearing long, flowing black-and-white habits, and educating students.

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