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What happens when ‘party girls’ go to live in a convent?

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Television viewers in the U.K. are about to find out: 

A convent in Norfolk is taking centre stage in a reality television series about “party girls” swapping sex, parties and alcohol for religious life.

The four-part series, to be aired on Channel 5 on Thursdays, features five girls who were told they would go on a “spiritual journey” but were horrified to discover they had been sent to a convent.

Sister Frances Ridler, of the Daughters of Divine Charity in Swaffham, said the experience had been a “rollercoaster” but she felt that the programme – “Bad Habits, Holy Orders” – was an “honest portrayal” of religious life and would be “good for the Church”.

She said the community had been persuaded to take part because Sisters did not “always have a good press” in popular culture, citing Nuns on the Run and Sister Act.

The “party girls” told newspapers that the two weeks with the Sisters had been life-changing. One enrolled in a healthcare course and another – who used to work as a nightclub dancer ­– had started volunteering with the homeless. One girl told the Times she was “the happiest I have ever been” while staying at the convent.

Read on. 

And watch the promo above.

As you can tell, right off the bat the producers betray a certain ignorance about religious life with the title of the show; Sisters don’t receive Holy Orders. I wonder what else they got wrong.

Stay tuned.  For another glimpse at the show, check out the longer clip below.

Deacon Greg Kandra
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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. For nearly three decades, he was a writer and producer for CBS News, where he contributed to a variety of programs and was honored with every major award in broadcasting. Deacon Greg now serves as Multimedia Editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA.) He and his wife live in Forest Hills, New York.
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