Real Hope: Young nuns and priests are more traditional

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A new study of Roman Catholic nuns and priests in the United States shows that an aging, predominantly white generation is being succeeded by a smaller group of more racially and ethnically diverse recruits who are attracted to the religious orders that practice traditional prayer rituals and wear habits.

…“We’ve heard anecdotally that the youngest people coming to religious life are distinctive, and they really are,” said Sister Mary Bendyna, executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. “They’re more attracted to a traditional style of religious life, where there is community living, common prayer, having Mass together, praying the Liturgy of the Hours together. They are much more likely to say fidelity to the church is important to them. And they really are looking for communities where members wear habits.”

Ain’t nothing wrong with a habit…unless it’s a bad one.  I’m a fan of the good habits though.

Thomas Peters makes an interpretive point that I liked: “Lest we forget, ‘traditional’ is often just a fancy way of describing someone who believes what the Church teaches.” So true.

Good news!

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Dean Soto October 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Not only are the younger generation more tradition, they are more passionate about it. There is some serious revolution going on in the Church (or should I say reformation, in its real meaning), and it is amazing to see the new wave of young and devout Catholics taking the up the mission of spreading the Gospel.

Matthew Warner October 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I totally agree, Dean! I’ve seen it first hand in so many of the young clergy and religious. There are exciting times ahead.

Erin October 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm

This is true in my experience. I am 23, and the majority of my friends from college entering religious life are unusually traditional and orthodox in their beliefs. How awesome!

Ancilla January 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

I’m part of these young people. Traditionalism really helps love the Church, and it makes us proud of it, and we feel concerned, we want to spread the Gospel this way. The habit is a testimony in Orders.
It’s revitalizing this church which has less and less vocations in many countries.

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