AS ANY BLOGGER KNOWS, the expanding universe of the blogosphere seems endless. The ease of creating and maintaining weblogs have made them one of the most popular and accessible parts of the internet.
Catholics have not lagged behind in taking their place in blogland. A recent search using the Google blog directory led me to a list of links to 867 Catholic blogs as well as links to even more Catholic blog directories and webrings—and thousands more are out there.
Among Catholic bloggers, those interested in talking about Catholic religious life and vocations to religious life have put together a large number of interesting and creative blogs. Below are just a handful of blogs in this area that Catholic vocation ministers have recommended. See our Blog Index online for more.
Musings of a Discerning Woman is a blog featuring “the occasional musings of a 30-something novice sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.” This blog has won nominations from the Catholic Blog Awards. (You can view the CBA winners at www.catholicblogawards.com; it has a “Best Blog by Clergy/Religious/Seminarian” category with links to the top blogs.)
On the Musings blog, Sister Susan Rose Francois, C.S.J.P. invites her visitors to “read along as I continue to discern this call to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.’” She lists vocation discernment opportunities with her community, links to resources on vocation (including the VISION Vocation Network, thank you!), prayer, and general information. She also provides links to other Catholic “blogging religious.”
The blog rounds out with a list of links to “bloggy friends” such as “Reverend Mommy,” “Coming to the Quiet,” and “Cafeteria Catholic,” pages on the founders of her community, and social action efforts. Francois has helpfully indexed the archive of her postings by category. She even provides “bloggy language tools” page translators and iTunes podcasts links.
The student brothers of the English Dominican province run the Godzdogz blog—go to the blog at http://godzdogz.op.org/ to find out why they chose the name. It has sections devoted to postings about prayer and liturgy, study, preaching, and community life.
A Nun’s Life is Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Julie Vieira’s straightforward and entertaining blog “about being a nun in today’s world.” Vieira and her blog have been featured on National Public Radio and in the Time magazine article on vocations to women’s religious communities (which also talked about VISION Vocation Match), and she has been a contender for the CBS Evening News’ Assignment America segment. When she got the call from CBS, Viera says, “At first I thought maybe they were looking for Meredith Vieira.”
The blog keeps up with Vieira’s life and interests and also has sections devoted to “Ask Sister” and a large list of blogs by other Catholic nuns.
At www.fscc-calledtobe.org/blog/ you will find the blog of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. It organizes discussions under the categories of a “Franciscanized World,” Image of the Month, Podcast of the Month, Song of the Month, and Vocations/Discernment. Contributors include a number of Franciscan sisters as well others from the blogging public.
The director of vocations for the Province of St. John the Baptist of the Franciscans in Cincinnati, Father Don Miller, O.F.M., has a blog at http://vocationvibes.franciscan.org/. It features news about vocation and travel experiences and links to Franciscan men’s vocation websites and information.
“Sister Steph” of the Benedictine Sisters of Ferdinand, Indiana has two blogs, Fishing for Faith, at http://fishingforfaith.blogspot.com/ and narrow at the outset at http://nuntime.blogspot.com/. Fishing for Faith “is an interactive area not just for those exploring the idea of a religious vocation but also for anyone trying to find their way through the murky waters of life.” She considers it a “safe place to delve the murky depths and discover the unique treasures held in store for you.” It has lots of in-blog links. The only commenting policy: “Play nice!”
On narrow at the outset Sister Steph describes herself as “dispelling nun-myths by teaching high school girls scriptures and justice; challenging them to explore and claim their faith (whatever it is) rather than telling them what to believe.” In addition to posts, she lists links under “Some Bloggy Buddies” and also links to SisterBloggers, http://sisterbloggers.blogspot.com/, which is for “Catholic sisters, Episcopal sisters, women in formation, those discerning a religious vocation, and others who want to join the conversation”—“we are women; hear us blog”—and to RevGalBlogPals, a blog for women pursuing or discerning a religious vocation “and their friends” at http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.com/.
Glenmary Home Missioner seminarian Shawn Roser blogs at www.seminarianshawn.blogspot.com/. On his blog he describes recent events in his life, complete with photos, as he prepares for priesthood with Glenmary, like his visit to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life.
At the Sisters of Bon Secours Blog, www.bonsecoursvocations.org/blog/index.php, you can read and share comments about reflections on life as a sister today. Chris Webb, a Sister of Bon Secours candidate, has her own blog about her formation experiences at www.bonsecoursvocations.org/journeywithus/pop_dayinlife.html.
Sister Cathy, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, has a blog with a nice variety of items talking about her activities and those of her community. She also provides links to other blogs, websites of interest, and a list of books she’s currently reading, all at http://sistercathy.typepad.com/weblog/2007/01/index.html.
The vocation office of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio hosts a website for vocations to the diocesan priesthood, seekholiness.com, which has a link to blogs and podcasts, seekholiness.com/journal/index.html. Start at seekholiness.com so you don’t miss the phone ringing on the homepage.
As of this writing, the page had links to Lenten Stations of the Cross podcasts and blog postings from diocesan seminarians talking about their trips to the Holy Land and Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina (featured in this issue of VISION). There were also podcast links to recent homilies by diocesan priests.