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The Life Panelists

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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Why we stay: 'When my life is aligned with God's will, I am far happier'

Why we stay: 'I have decided to invest in what does not expire'

Why we stay: 'I was called by God, and I desire to respond generously'

Why we stay: 'A journey that stretches far beyond one's life'

Community life may have rough edges, but together we can gleam with faith

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Panelists come face-to-face with white supremacy and the sin of racism

Panelists reflect on how religious life changed their prayer lives

Throughout the world, Holy Week and Easter call us to serve the risen Christ

Surprising novelty of the Spirit upends preconceptions of religious life

Sisters share: What Scripture passage underlies your consecrated life?

A call to listen to the Spirit: Sisters embrace the church's synodal process

The unbreakable promise of Advent brings hope amid suffering

An international sisterhood: Panelists reflect on a year of writing for The Life

New visions of religious vows: poverty, chastity, obedience — and more?

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

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

The Life: mentors and moments that moved sisters forward

With spiritual motivation, sisters actively care for the Earth

Dark, transformative 2020 opens opportunity to shape new life: keeping the faith for Easter 2021