We are excited to share a video on March 8th in celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week. The video features the practices and ministries of several Benedictine monasteries across the country including the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. In addition to how catholic organizations honor women religious during March, this is the fifth year that they are part of National Women’s History Month. While Sisters and nuns do not seek recognition, making them a part of this annual celebration every March is only fitting.
Our country has been served since the early 1700s by Sisters and nuns who established exceptional schools and hospitals and have been remarkable in their out-reach to the poor. Their history is closely tied to the very development of our nation. Today there are 45,605 Sisters and nuns who are consoling, inspiring and praying for those who have lost loved ones during the Covid pandemic. Now as in so many past crises, vowed women are a God-send.
This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” focusing on those who worked for women’s right to vote. Faith and religion played a significant role in the fight for fairness. Suffrage was not only a legal issue, but certainly a moral one. Journalist Elaine Weiss wrote “The Women’s Hour: the Great Fight to Win the Vote,” highlighting the fact that women of various faiths came together to organize and lobby. They saw suffrage as a matter of divine justice as well as human rights.