Sisters offer pastoral presence through social media

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Maxine Kollasch, Benedictine Sr. Heather Jean Foltz, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Julie Vieira record a podcast for A Nun's Life Ministry at the Our Lady of Grace Benedictine Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana, Nov. 14, 2014. (Dan Stockman).

Catholic sisters have always gone to minister where the people are: they’ve crossed prairies and oceans, entered slums and prison cells, healed the sick and taught children, prayed with and counseled those discerning big decisions.

In today’s global culture linked by digital media, the people instead can come to the sisters, especially Srs. Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, whose brainchild, A Nun’s Life Ministry, is an online gathering place for thousands of users from all over the world.

Nearly 5,000 Facebook fans and more than 4,000 Twitter followers find hospitality and welcome as well as answers at A Nun’s Life.

“Their website is an example of faith-sharing communication that is successful and relevant,” said Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, an assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis and evangelization at Loyola University New Orleans. “They take seriously where people are at today, and they are successful at inviting encounter between faith and culture.”

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.

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