Sisters of Life, a religious order that helps women facing questions of abortion





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March 3, 2011. In the heart of New York City, a group of nuns are hitting the streets to help build a sense of community in their neighborhoods. This group called the Sisters of Life, lives in the Bronx but travels throughout the five boroughs as they encounter people from every corner of the world.

Sister Maris Stella
Sisters of Life (New York City)
"New Yorkers are just wonderful people, they have a great love for the city and great traditions for the city, it's a Catholic city in many ways with so many churches and many religious and many wonderful things happening there."

Working as a nun can present many obstacles, especially in the city that is known as the abortion capital of America. With one out of every ten abortions in the United States occurring in New York, 70% of these take place in the city.

The Sisters of Life spend much of their time talking with young women who are pregnant and are considering an abortion. They also speak with women who may have already undergone the procedure and are looking for someone to speak with.

Sister Mariae Agnus Dei
Sisters of Life (New York City)
"As sisters we have a great privilege of receiving these women and just listening to them. What's your story? How are you? You know, often times we're the first people to ask how are you, how are you? We have coworkers, over 10,000 just in the tri-state area, that help us to help these women, whether it's someone to take them out for a cup of tea, just to be a support, to be a friend. These girls, the only sister they had ever seen is in Sister Act."

When joining the sisterhood, nuns take the traditional three vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The Sisters of Life however have taken a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

They say that every human being is unique and unrepeatable as well being created in the image of God.

Sister Maris Stella
Sisters of Life (New York City)
"The way that vow manifests itself in our lives is we serve women who are in crisis pregnancy situations, who are in need of our assistance. And then we serve women who have suffered from abortions, through retreats of healing and also just speaking to them in helping them to know the mercy of God."
The Sisters of Life include 70 nuns that come from across the US, Canada, and New Zealand. That means in a city of 8 million people, they have plenty of new faces to reach out to everyday.

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O'Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.
Reverence and gratitude for the unique and unrepeatable gift of each human life made in the image and likeness of God fuels the prayer of each Sister, our first mission in building the Kingdom of God and the "Culture of Life." It also provides the starting point for our interactions with others, especially relationships in community between our 70 Sisters (who come from across the United States, Canada and New Zealand), and in our apostolates.
Inspired by the love of Christ our Spouse, the author of Life, we desire to pour out all our gifts of nature and grace in the apostolate, that nothing of the gift of life, and no one to whom it has been given, should be lost.
Our missions are carried out with the heart of the Church and with the hope of revealing to those we serve the inherent goodness and beauty of their own lives, so that each person may see and experience the truth that they are an unrepeatable creation of the Master.
We welcome pregnant guests to live with us in the Holy Respite of one of our convents
Assist pregnant women in need of practical assistance through our Visitation Mission
Host retreats at Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center
Invite those who have suffered abortion to hope and healing through day and weekend Entering Canaan Retreats
Direct the New York Archdiocesan Family Life / Respect Life Office
Dr. Joseph Stanton Human Life Issues Library


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