Religious Life – Women

The Womanjourney Weavings Program is a program of support and education for lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and formation/vocation ministers. Through conferences, a newsletter, and a listserv, the Womanjourney project networks lesbian sisters and their congregational leaders.

Between 2005 and 2008, yearly conferences were held at the Dominican Retreat Center in Racine. Between 2010 and 2015, conferences were held at Catholic retreat facilities in the West and East. In 2016, the conference returned to the Midwest.

Books/Booklets

Love Tenderly: Sacred Stories of Lesbian and Queer Religious. Grace Surdovel IHM (ed.), Mt. Rainier, New Ways Ministry, 2021.

Out of Silence God Has Called Me: A Lesbian Religious Tells Her Story: A booklet by Sister Janet Rozzano, RSM. Click here to download a PDF.

Homosexuality in the Priesthood and Religious Life, ed. Jeannine Gramick (New York: Crossroad, 1989)

Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith Brown (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)

Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, ed. Rosemary Keefe Curb and Nancy Manahan (Naiad Press, 1985; updated edition by Spinsters Ink, 2013)

Articles

Always Our Sisters – Kate Reid, ASC

An Invitation to Continue Dialogue Among Lesbian Religious – Jeannine Gramick, SL

Lesbian Nuns: Gift to the Church – Jeannine Gramick, SL

Lesbian Nuns: Identity, Affirmation, and Gender Differences – Jeannine Gramick, SSND

Lesbian Sisters in Poland, the U.S., and Anywhere Else – Jeannine Gramick, SL

Myths About Lesbian Religious – Sandy Yost, CSJ

Our Lesbian Sisters: Mentors on the Journey to Wholeness – Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM

Patient Weavers – Sister Mary Louise St. John, OSB

Speaking My Truth – Eileen Brady, RSM

The Lost Coin – Sister Mary

Newsletter

Womanjourney Weavings is a newsletter for and about lesbian women religious. To download a sample copy, please click here.

Blogs by Lesbian Nuns

Blog Posts on Bondings 2.0

Grace Surdovel, “Finding Courage to Speak our ‘Yes’ to God” (Dec. 8,
2020)

Cristina Traina, “Here Is the Church…”: Reflecting on a Conference about Lesbian Nuns (Nov. 28 2018)

Nancy Corcoran, “Nuns as Queer” (May 20, 2017)

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