Madeleine Davison is a former NCR Bertelsen intern based in Chicago. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and sociology.
Inspired by her own experience as a lesbian in religious life, Sr. Grace Surdovel connected with other LGBTQ religious in the hopes of starting a broader conversation about religious life, sexuality and the dignity of LGBTQ Catholics.
The book wrestles with the nuances of consecrated celibacy and healthy sexuality, taboo topics among many women religious communities, the contributors told GSR. It also doesn't shy away from the sacrifices some sisters made to enter religious life.
For over four decades, New Ways Ministry has supported LGBTQ women religious and educated their congregational leaders and formation directors through a variety of means.