Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans is a frequent contributor to the Global Sisters Report, and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners, Christian Century, and media outlets like The Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. She resides in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, with her family.
Though the pandemic has been "overwhelming, and everyone has had to adjust to a new way of living," women religious, like everybody else, find a sense of balance by looking outside themselves.
An everyday reality of religious life that gets little formal attention: lasting friendships between sisters and women who have left the religious communities that they once called home.
For centuries, nuns both in Europe and as immigrants to the U.S. have been ahead of their time, bringing fervor and entrepreneurial skill to their mission of tending the sick and preventing illnesses from spreading.
Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane's televised statement to Pope John Paul II, a politely worded but direct challenge about including women in all church ministries, drew intense media coverage, spurred scrutiny of U.S. sisters and marked a new era of progress.