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My View: Religious sisterhood slowly fading away

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Sister Carol Cimino is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester order.

The other day I read the obituary of a religious sister who had passed away. The write-up noted that she had taught in numerous schools around the Diocese of Buffalo, then had given service to her religious congregation, and, at age 83, had worked as a volunteer visiting the sick in area hospitals. She died leaving numerous nieces and nephews and her sisters in community.

She represents the scores of religious sisters who labored in schools and hospitals, cleaned and fed the children in Father Baker’s orphanage, conducted religion classes, tutoring, music lessons after teaching all day, and followed a strict schedule of prayer and housework in between.

The women religious have, for at least two centuries in this country, been the workforce of the Catholic Church. They have no retirement age, pension, or guaranteed income to fall back on. They have received a “stipend,” often a few dollars a day for their work in the various ministries of the church, and now find themselves having to sell their motherhouses to survive. In fact, numerous religious congregations have simply merged or gone out of existence in the past 25 years.

In 1965, there were more than 180,000 women religious........

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