Nun Shortage: How to Join the Convent
There is a shortage of Roman Catholic nuns. The pay isn't great but there is employment security and spiritual satisfaction.
So, how do you take the first step in exploring whether to join the convent? Triona Adams, who joined the Benedictine order at age 26, said in the Daily Mail, that the process was a lot like dating. You keep your eyes open for a match that seems like it will work out. Adams found staying weekends with different orders of nuns helped her sort things out.
If you are interested in this road less traveled, you are not alone. Women of all ages, including baby boomers like Sister Marianne Comfort, are drawn to this lifestyle of community, based on spiritual values. You can learn more about these women through the newsletter Giving Voice. The voices in the newsletter represent members of communities of nuns ranging from the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minn. to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.
To focus more specifically on orders you might like to join, you can contact the Roman Catholic diocese or the archdiocese in your area and ask for contact information. Perhaps like Adams you will want to spend a weekend doing your "due diligence" on the group.
Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan. After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject. Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging. In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School. She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.