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 2019-20 round of panelists.

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Sisters celebrate together, as one year flows into the next

The panelists share glimpses of what it is like to celebrate the new year in their convents and cultures, giving us global flavors from Lithuania, Vietnam, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United States.

Preparation, details, prayer: Sisters are never alone at death

Funeral customs around the world share certain features, but each culture and each religious congregation puts its unique stamp on the rituals around death and dying.

Prayer strengthens sisters' ministries and awareness of God's presence

The Life - This month, panelists reflected in a personal way about their prayer life and its effect on the rest of their lives, especially their ministries, such as retreat direction, political activism, teaching, public speaking and catechesis.

Sisters are experts in bringing people together

The Life - This month, panelists reflected on ways they or their institutions work for reconciliation and understanding among disparate groups, whether amid border communities, marginalized groups, sparring political rivals or amid their own intercultural communities.