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August 09, 2013


Painting: Nun by Lin Fengmian
Nun by Lin Fengmian

The Vanishing Of The Nuns

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When Sister Mary McCaffrey joined a convent more than 50 years ago in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., the community was thriving. But since then, the number of women deciding on a life devoted to the church has declined sharply, and in 2011, the convent was closed and sold. Sister McCaffrey, who had become the Superior General of the convent, helped find homes for the almost 40 sisters there. And, at age 80, the sister had to find a new home for herself as well.

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