An unlikely nun every millennial should meet

A couple years back Salon ran a story asking if millennials would become nuns. The implied answer was a big fat no. American nuns have been on a demographic slide since the sixties, and the remaining population skews senior. But then earlier this month the New York Times featured a story about the surprising number of college-educated millennials seeking life in the cloister. It’s no groundswell, but it’s still encouraging. And I…

What the declining number of nuns in America says about our post-Christian Christianity

While the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has so far garnered most of the attention this week, two smaller stories caught my eye and might perhaps shed light on the larger cultural picture. The first concerns nuns in America. There are fewer of them—far fewer, in fact, if you’re comparing against the 1960s. In 1965 there were over 180,000. Today, according to a report from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in…