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Nashville Sisters Much Younger Than Other Convents

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The average age of women in convents has been increasing around the world, but every year at the St. Cecilia Motherhouse in Nashville there are dozens of new young faces.

Earlier this year, 27 new women joined the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia convent, a number which isn't uncommon for St. Cecelia, but one which is likely impressive compared to others.

The average age of the 300 members of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia convent is 35. The sisters said they weren't exactly sure about the average age at other convents around the world, but emphasized it is much older.

The number of women joining has increased more than 45 percent in the past 14 years.

Sister John Thomas, who joined the convent 11 years ago, said the growth coincided with the rise of the Internet.

"The growth that we are experiencing has been within the last 10 to 15 years," she said. "Our median age is 35 and that is not typical for religious communities. But it is part of the mystery of God's blessings to us."

The 27 new sisters won't take their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience until after their second year in the convent.

The first two years are spent learning about their new life.

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