When I attended St. Hedwig Parish elementary school in Chicago from 1974 through 1981, the nuns there were angry. A kind of
collective restlessness and uncertainty would cause several of them to lash out at the only people they could lash out at — us children.
As a child, I could not have ever imagined what kind of challenges nuns were facing in the newly upturned, post-Vatican II era, but
their lack of peace certainly manifested itself in ways I’d like to forget.
Reading Sisters in Crisis: Revisited — From Unraveling to Reform and Renewal sure helped me understand why some of these sisters may have been in a bewildering place and time, not really knowing where the Church or their orders were headed.
Just when did the sisters start becoming unraveled? Not unlike fallen angels — was there a defining moment or what were really the reasons why so many sisters unraveled? Catholic author Ann Carey revisits these questions, and outlines the many reasons why there was a mass exodus of sisters, not only in body, but in spirit as well. In her latest version of Sisters in Crisis, Carey provides us with a much more positive outlook from the first edition first published in 1997.