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.
There's no cutting corners in Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Alice Hess' math classes, her students say. But if they do the work, they add, this memorable teacher's faith in them seems boundless.
Reflecting the diversity of vowed life in generation, ethnicity and temperament, the five women who live at the Dominicans Sisters of Peace house in New Haven explore facets of religious life together.
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.