Second Spring

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 22, 2003

The 1970s saw a number of come-visit-the-zoo stories in secular newspapers in which a journalist would visit a convent and express her surprise at the newfound wordliness of the nuns: they wore Adidas running shoes; they listened to Simon & Garfunkle LPs; they ate Oreos right from the bag, etc. The message was: no mystery here.

Times have changed. The Nashville Dominicans, and more particularly the religious mystery of their lives, are the subject of an article in the Jackson Sun:

After the sisters take the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience for three years, they receive the black veil. Soon enough, she will wear the traditional white habit and black veil worn by sisters in her congregation. Sister Mary Sabina is one of a growing number of young women who have chosen to enter the religious order of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, which is based in Nashville.

Even the reporter can't wholly disguise her fascination with the offering, with the gift of self made by these women. Something new is afoot. Something not reckoned with in the listening sessions of the USCCB

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  • Posted by: David Ancell - Jul. 24, 2003 12:03 AM ET USA

    Some of the Nashville Dominicans work right here in the Memphis area. They are impressive and orthodox. It is a small wonder the average age of their congregation is 34.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 22, 2003 1:50 PM ET USA

    The Nashville Dominicans are outstanding! I saw one of them for the first time 13 years ago when I was active in a Newman Center. How I wished we could have her running our campus ministry. Instead we had a "nun" from an order that was reputed to celebrate Mass without the benefit of a priest, and two homosexual priests who rotated in long enough to deform the Mass and press the liberal agenda on surprisingly orthodox students. Well, at least we learned what not to be...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 22, 2003 11:49 AM ET USA

    Sister Mary Sabina takes her call from God. She didn't put him on hold while she took a call from Adidas. The laity can get their sports entertainment 24 hours a day on Satellite TV. They need something better when they visit a convent. Pray for more Sister Mary's than Sister Adidas.