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Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to discontinue perpetual prayer

January 28, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, have announced that they will discontinue perpetual adoration. Sister Eileen McKenzie, the group’s superior, says that the decision reflects “a growing understanding of a modern way to live in adoration through prayer lives and actions, no matter where we are.” The congregation will retain its name.

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  • Posted by: wenner1687 - Feb. 01, 2020 5:12 AM ET USA

    There is no substitute for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. If this congregation retains the old name, they are guilty of "false labelling" and living a lie. All Catholics are called to "live in adoration through prayer lives & actions". As these sisters discontinue Eucharistic Adoration, they may as well be laypeople; they have lost their charism as religious. The Church is increasingly desacralised by this betrayal of their sacred vocation.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 29, 2020 5:12 AM ET USA

    Modern way to live, failure in missionary spirit, or simple "demographics"? The cited article says: "As demographics continued changing in the early 2000s, we began studying the future of the practice." Would the "demographics" include a decline in the number of new postulants, a decrease in lay support, the exodus of Catholics from the local diocese? Adoration assumes physical presence of the adorer before the physical presence of God. How does "a modern way to live" change that?

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jan. 28, 2020 2:09 PM ET USA

    This is the group that the Ignatius Press book by Donna Steichen, "Ungodly Rage" is about. I live in WI and anecdotally people who have visited them describe them as being radical feminists into things like Reiki etc. It's sad they are discontinuing Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, on the other hand there's been a rise in perpetual adoration chapels at parishes.