Celebrating women religious on the land

By Catholic Rural Life on March 11, 2015

Stewardship of Creation

From coast to coast, Catholics are celebrating the lives and contributions of our women religious this week. National Catholic Sisters Week, which is taking place from March 8-14, honors women religious through a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women. It’s a chance to recognize women religious and all they have done for us. It also represents the hope that as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.

While recognizing the good work of all Catholic sisters, CRL wants to take this opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of our women religious living on the land. Catholic religious communities  have historically created new patterns of leading moral and sustainable lives. Even today, many religious communities are developing sustainable ways of living and forming innovative relationships with Creation, and women religious are very much at the forefront of these initiatives.

A Benedictine sister with a llama in North Dakota.

We highlight just a few of the real world examples of “gentle abidance” on the land as exemplified by rural  convents that live lightly and contemplate the good earth:

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