Some inspired fun over is going on over at Twitter, where “habited hipster” Sr. Brittany Harrison, FMA (Salesian Sisters, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) is giving up some nun-trivia for the entertainment, edification. and education of the Catholic masses — small m.
Sister Brittany made her Twitter followers an offer they could not refuse:
There is a very good chance that Sister did not quite anticipate the sizeable response she has received, but she’s clearly game for the challenge, and she’s having a great time supplying information with the help of some wry gif visuals:
5. From entrance to perpetual vows can take up to 13 years as a Salesian Sister. pic.twitter.com/dZkItWzEjf— ✨🌟Ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑ🌟✨ (@sisterb24) October 20, 2017
Ah, yes, Aleteia just talked to some nuns about that counter-cultural aspect!
26. Contrary to some news reports, many nuns, including us, are seeing a boom in vocations. pic.twitter.com/LWR0XJU38K— ✨🌟Ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑ🌟✨ (@sisterb24) October 20, 2017
29. The highest ranking woman in the Vatican is a Salesian Sister! pic.twitter.com/QDP18ydo8c— ✨🌟Ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑ🌟✨ (@sisterb24) October 20, 2017
61. Some nuns are Jedi, but not all Jedi are nuns. This is a real fact. See the pic. (This is on the internet so it must be true.) pic.twitter.com/9kDA14rjgK— ✨🌟Ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑ🌟✨ (@sisterb24) October 20, 2017
It’s all in good fun, but some might find some surprising information in there, like this:
76. In some orders, getting your haircut is part of the ritual 4 becoming a nun. Not for Salesians, though. Alexa, however, did need a trim pic.twitter.com/TUMHUiek0K— ✨🌟Ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑ🌟✨ (@sisterb24) October 20, 2017
If you have some time to kill, go check out the thread, and make sure to follow Sister Brittany (and the numerous other sisters and nuns who populate Twitter and fill it with cartoons, humor, and thoughtful good things)!
We’re always hearing people ask “where are the new vocations coming from?” The truth is, if you know a young woman who you think would be a great nun, sharing this thread (or this post) might be a very good way to introduce the idea to someone. I’ve heard more than one vocation story that began with, “I never thought about a religious vocation until someone said they thought I’d make a good nun!”
And as Sister Brittany says:
10 Things You Should Never Say to a Nun
Sisters, nuns, aspirants, postulants, novices: What does it all mean?