The Millennial Nuns


Why is there a jump in young women becoming nuns and how are these millennial nuns different?

And the aspiring sisters aren’t like the old ones. They’re more diverse: Ninety percent of American nuns in 2009 identified as white; last year, fewer than 60 percent of new entrants to convents did. They’re also younger: The average age for taking the final step into the religious life a decade ago was 40. Today, it’s 24. They’re disproportionately middle children, often high-flying and high-achieving. Typical discernment stories on blogs or in the Catholic press start with lines like “she played lacrosse and went to Rutgers” or she was “a Harvard graduate with a wonderful boyfriend.”

You’ll find these 20-somethings, like other 20-somethings, all over Instagram and YouTube. Some investigate which religious order to join on a website called, basically a dating app for nuns. You get the sense that these young women get a kick out of demonstrating their enduring link to “basic bitch” concerns like food Instagramming, college sports or Benedict Cumberbatch’s facial hair—and then pulling a fast one on the rest of us with flinty tweets like “You die unprepared without the sacraments.”

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Eve Fairbanks — Huffpost

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How The Myth Of ‘Blissful Motherhood’ Contributes To Postpartum Depression


Soon after childbirth, the focus shifts away almost completely from the new mother, to child-rearing. The mother’s health is then important only to ensure the health of the child. The “bad mother” guilt is easy to assign, if women are unable to immediately play the role of the perfect nurturing mother. While mothers and mothers-in-law constantly register their presence, it is almost never with a focus on the mew mother’s mental health.

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Swarnima Bhattacharya — The Huffington Post

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