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Catholic Word of the Day: LAY SISTERSm 11-03-12 ^ | 11-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 11/03/2012 7:35:58 AM PDT by Salvation

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Members of a religious institute of women who are not bound by choir duty or engaged in the distinctive apostolate of the rest of the community. Their role in a community of nuns is to serve the physical and temporal needs of those who are strictly cloistered. The term "extern Sisters" is sometimes used, but the expression is misleading. They are full members of the community and share in all its spiritual benefits. The Holy See has provided that monasteries of contemplative nuns may have "Sisters employed in the external service of the convent, in accordance with the statutes of each Institute" (Sacred Congregation for Religious and for Secular Institutes, Venite Seorsum, August 15, 1969). Since the Second Vatican Council, however, the Church's general policy is not to favor a division of classes in convents. Therefore, "unless conditions really suggest something else, care should be taken that there be only one class of Sisters in communities of women" (Perfectae Caritatis, 15).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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1 posted on 11/03/2012 7:36:03 AM PDT by Salvation
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not too popular

2 posted on 11/03/2012 7:36:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 11/03/2012 7:39:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It seems like it would still work out well for some contemplative communities. Maybe it’s easier to hire lay people for certain maintenance tasks, rather than have Sisters who have, as it were, a different vocation from the specific charism of the order.

It would be a little difficult, for example, if one wanted to be a nursing sister, to choose to do that as a nurse for the ill or elderly in a contemplative foundation, rather than in an order devoted particularly to medical care. For one thing, once bound by obedience, the Sister might find she wasn’t doing medical care at all, but something totally different.

4 posted on 11/03/2012 9:09:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama: "Nothing but debt, dependency, and decay." ~Mark Steyn)
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