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.

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)

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

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

Angela Howard-McParland, “Editor of Book on Lesbian/Queer Nuns Reflects on Coming Out and Authenticity,” (July 31, 2021)

Julie Brown, RSM, “The Call – Sisters of Mercy,” (June 21, 2021). Sister Julie Brown says, “I am ‘proud’ to be who I am, and I want those who feel alone with their own identities to know they are not alone.”

Janet Rozzano, RSM, “Proud and Prophetic in a Mercy Context,” (June 7, 2021)

Diane Rapozo, “Jesus’ Baptism Reveals a Rainbow Christ” (January 10, 2021)

Susan Becker, “Celebrating God’s Outrageous Openheartedness on Epiphany” (January 3, 2021)

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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Italian book launch of Love Tenderly, Rome, April 13, 2021, sponsored by “Donne per la Chiesa (Women for the Church)”. You can view a recording here (in Italian).
Love Tenderly authors, Grace Surdovel IHM, Janet Rozzano RSM, Diane Rapozo BVM, and Sister Emma had a conversation with blogger, Michelle Johns, on May 23, 2021. See and hear the conversation here.