Sister Sarah Kohles to Collaborate on Book Project about Religious Life


Sister Sarah Kohles, OSF, and Sister Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, of the Society of the Sacred Heart Sisters, have teamed up to work on a collaborative book project on religious life.

Sisters Sarah and Juliet have invited 14 women religious under the age of 50 from 14 different communities to be part of the project, which is being funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  The sisters will write about the essential elements of religious life—particularly the vows—from their experiences and from reflection on contemporary scholarship.

“The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been very generous to women religious, and I am grateful for their interest in the project,” said Sister Sarah.   “There are quality resources on religious life (and on the vows in particular) readily available, however, these resources are largely written from a Vatican II perspective and emphasize the differences in how religious life was lived before and after Vatican II.”

Sister Sarah noted that younger women religious have wanted material about religious life and what that means today.

“Juliet, who is the initiator of the book project, and I think we finally realized that it is up to us to write such a book ourselves.”

Sisters Sarah and Juliet expect the book to be available in the summer of 2017.

“We hope that in our sharing, prayer, and writing together that we might offer a gift to share with religious life,” reflected Sister Sarah.