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Episcopal nuns join Catholic Church
Baltimore Sun ^ | September 4, 2009

Posted on 09/04/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT by NYer

Churches and whole dioceses have left the Episcopal Church since the 2003 consecretation of an openly gay bishop brought a lonstanding divide over homosexuality within the nation's sixth-largest Protestant denomination out into the open.

But on Thursday, 10 Episcopal nuns from a Catonsville convent took what scholars say is the unprecedented step of joining the Catholic Church. At a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, each vowed to continue their tradition of consecrated life, now as a religious institute within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

"We know our beliefs and where we are," Mother Christina Christie, superior of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, told sun colleague Mary Gail Hare. "We were drifting farther apart from the more liberal road the Episcopal Church is traveling. We are now more at home in the Roman Catholic Church."

In a statement, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland wished them God's blessings.

"Despite the sadness we feel in having to say farewell, our mutual joy is that we remain as one spiritual family of faith, one body in Christ," he said.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Mainline Protestant; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; converts; episcopal; homosexualagenda; nuns; schism

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien administers the sacrament of confirmation to 10 Episcopal nuns from a Catonsville convent who joined the Roman-Catholic Church on Thursday. (Photo by Owen Sweeney III / Catholic Review photo / September 3, 2009)

Welcome home, Sisters!


1 posted on 09/04/2009 8:13:42 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 09/04/2009 8:14:08 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I was a lifelong Episcopalian, even a senior warden, but the church left me.
Before I married, I had a girlfriend, also Episcopalian.
She left the church and became a nun in the Catholic church.


3 posted on 09/04/2009 8:21:24 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: NYer

nOW THOSE ARE NUNS-—What is Sr. Joan Chittister doing these days? MAybe she should go join the Episcopal Church!


4 posted on 09/04/2009 8:22:30 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (Where's the birth cert?)
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To: NYer

Bless these nuns!


5 posted on 09/04/2009 8:25:45 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: NYer

When I was a kid we had nuns and called then Zeros (none - get it?). we thought our hoodlum selves was clever.

I have met a few of the nuns, who rememberbed me as a good kid. I have alwasy thanked them for their service.

It is sad that my kis did not have a single nun or brother in their school.

A life devoted to service. What could be better?


6 posted on 09/04/2009 8:33:44 AM PDT by truemiester ((If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years))
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To: NYer
well don't I feel like the stooopid one... here i always thought Nuns were a Catholic thing. learn something new everyday
7 posted on 09/04/2009 8:45:21 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NYer
This is great! FYI, The Sisters of Life are welcoming nine new postulants this weekend.
8 posted on 09/04/2009 8:45:54 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Chode

Yes, Episcopalians always had nuns. When I was a kid you could tell them apart because mostly the Epicopalian nuns wore dark blue habits while the Catholics wore black, brown, or white habits. Now, it’s hard to tell because most Catholics don’t wear habits at all.


9 posted on 09/04/2009 9:07:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NYer

I meant to add, welcome to thise sisters and to their chaplain. God Bless you all, and may your 2 recalcitrant sisters be enlightened by your example and join you in spirit some day — even though you are all still joined in your work.


10 posted on 09/04/2009 9:09:40 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: AlexW

Wow ... thank you for sharing this. That is quite a story. Do you stay in touch with her?


11 posted on 09/04/2009 9:31:04 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
interesting... and i don't agree with the street clothes thing at all, they should wear a habit
12 posted on 09/04/2009 10:22:37 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NYer
Whoa! Those nuns look like they've been in hibernation for 40 years and have just woken up! I guess being Episcopalian, they missed the post-Vatican II frenzy of habit-trashing which infected the Catholic Church. God indeed works in mysterious ways.

The good sister second from right bears such a close resemblance to my fifth grade teacher that it's scary. Same stern "don't mess with me" look, too. Yikes!!

13 posted on 09/04/2009 11:11:22 AM PDT by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: marshmallow

Yep, its how all religous sisters should dress.


14 posted on 09/04/2009 12:12:40 PM PDT by OriginalChristian (Mr. _resident, MSM, liberals & all other morons; ignore or demean Sara Palin at your own peril...)
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To: OriginalChristian

Yes!

And I remember going to one of my kid’s classes in 1965 and the Nun wearing a mini-skirt.


15 posted on 09/04/2009 12:19:20 PM PDT by franky8 (For the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: marshmallow

Wait! Wait! That IS your fifth grade teacher!


16 posted on 09/04/2009 1:30:40 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: NYer

Hooray! The Church will benefit from these new members. It looks like they brook no nonsense!


17 posted on 09/04/2009 5:34:53 PM PDT by Melian ("An unexamined life is not worth living." ~Socrates)
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To: NYer
Also joining the church was the Rev. Warren Tanghe, the sisters' chaplain.

This is funny, in an interesting sort of way.

Back when the Episcopalians set their feet firmly on the downward path at General Convention 2003, we set about looking for a new church home.

At the time Rev. Tanghe was rector of Our Saviour Virginia-Highlands, the ultramontane High Anglican church in Atlanta. As we were "visiting around", we hit his church on the day of its annual meeting and were invited to sit in. They were debating whether to stay in ECUSA, join the Southern Cone Anglicans (the breakaway Piskies who placed themselves under the Bishop of Argentina), or Go Straight Over to Rome. Ultimately they decided to stay, but the bishop is sabotaging them and I do not think the parish will survive long. The bish actually had a spy in the rector's office, but that's another story.

We had a long talk with Rev. Tanghe, and I corresponded with him a good deal. I sent him a DVD of the Anglican Use Rite service at one of the Catholic churches in Texas, and he wrote back that he had decided to stay with the Episcopalians. About a year later I heard he had resigned his living to go be chaplain to this convent. About three months ago I heard that the sisters were contemplating this step, and that he was too.

I guess the Hound of Heaven was not going to be denied . . . .

18 posted on 09/04/2009 5:56:37 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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20 posted on 09/04/2009 6:36:55 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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I think the converts are going to start coming in droves!

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21 posted on 09/04/2009 6:38:00 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

“I think the Converts are going to start coming in droves.”
If I were you, I wouldn’t get too excited about a few Anglo-Catholic “Nuns” converting to the RCC. They were already there in spirit as well as faith and practice. The only thing they had to swallow was the Pope.
On a worldwide basis there are far more Catholic to Protestant conversions than Vice Versa. Look it up. Whole countries in Latin America are making the switch.
Most Mexican immigrants to Houston end up in Pentecostal and Evangelical churches as well.


22 posted on 09/04/2009 6:52:10 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: BnBlFlag
Well, there are a ton of them in OUR parish, so they're not all going Evangelical, not by a long shot.

If you're a broad- or high-church Piskie, really the Catholics are the only alternative if you don't want to join one of the breakaway groups (and the Anglican Communion worldwide has got some serious systemic problems, just not as far down the funnel as the Americans). If a former Episcopalian is serious about the Real Presence and the Apostolic Succession, that is (and a surprising number are, even if they don't call themselves high-churchers).

Low-churchers are more likely to join an Evangelical body, but they are in the minority everywhere but in the South, where suspicion of Catholicism has been slow to die in some quarters.

23 posted on 09/04/2009 7:08:47 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Welcome home indeed.

Let us pray that those who separate themselves from Holy Mother Church follow their example.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 7:09:10 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Morgana
God's will be done...
25 posted on 09/04/2009 7:13:14 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NYer
have left the Episcopal Church since the 2003 consecretation of an openly gay bishop they decided that they want to go to church where the people actually read their Bibles.

fixed it.

26 posted on 09/04/2009 7:18:22 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: NYer

I grew up Episcopalian.

And, as it happens, I was baptized as an infant, at my aunt’s suggestion, in the chapel of a convent of Episcopal nuns in Boston. My parents weren’t religious, but I think my aunt (thankfully) must have leaned on them from time to time.


27 posted on 09/04/2009 7:59:06 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: AnAmericanMother

We attend a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Church at present. I get sick every time I get near an Episcopal Church. And I loved the Episcopal Church. It’s a shame.
The Episcopal Church was all I’d ever known except for some Southern Baptist and Charamatic Churches I would attend (as a child) while visiting my Dad’s relatives in Deep East Texas.
But there’s not a whole lot of difference between Conservative Low Chuch Episcopalians and Missouri Synod Lutherans. (Except for that pesky “Real Presence” thing.)


28 posted on 09/04/2009 8:07:59 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: marshmallow

I guess this depends from a country, where I live nuns dress traditionally. Hopefully new Pope will sort this out!


29 posted on 09/05/2009 2:20:36 AM PDT by Lukasz
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