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The Life panelists are a group of 20 sisters from across the global north and south who respond to questions about the unique, challenging and very specific lives of women religious. Click here to learn about the 2020-21 round of panelists.

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Catholic sisters embrace the gifts, navigate the pitfalls of social media

The Life - Social media "has allowed us to be radically relational" with people worldwide, but it comes with dangers of addiction and physical disconnection. Our panelists look at religious life in the virtual world.

Love with a hundred hearts: How do sisters live the vow of chastity?

The Life - Sister panelists describe how the modern idea of chastity contrasts with the old "renunciation" emphasis, explain how chastity reflects their congregational charism, and consider the gifts chastity brings.

The Life: mentors and moments that moved sisters forward

Who pushes you to succeed? Sisters talk about how they answered various calls to grow, with the help of other sisters who shared opportunities — or God's plan — or were there at key vocation points. In retrospect, these mentorship moments have made all the difference.

With spiritual motivation, sisters actively care for the Earth

The Life - Caring for our common home includes an eco farm in the Philippines, biodiversity in New Zealand, gardening for the cycle of life, a one-minute act to make a difference, and a religious community founded to heal and protect the planet's life systems