[quote="debraran, post:1, topic:315363"]
I was watching EWTN today and noticed about 9 nuns singing during the Benediction. It does seem like they went from busting at the seams to very few nuns. I realize that they all aren't shown all the time, but it made me a little sad to see the lesser numbers. Has anyone else noticed that? Originally the "desert nuns" whom I love to follow and the "Texas Nuns" broke off to start new orders because they had so many nuns Mother Angelica said. I don't hear much about the nuns in Texas, but the ones in Arizona are coming along very well.
I hadn't thought about the amount of nuns until someone recently pointed out the growing numbers in teaching orders and the younger nuns in groups like Sisters for Life, etc. The priest was so happily surprised at the sheer numbers of young women at least discerning a vocation in these orders. It gave him hope. Even though he was on EWTN, he didn't mention their nuns as they had in the past.
I pray for vocations always but I was just taken back at seeing so many less women and I hope things are well there.
I'm not exactly sure how all this transpired, but a Benedictine was put in place as abbess; a Poor Clare Colettine in place as Novice Mistress; a new community emerged from some members; all OLAM nuns were given the choice of leaving; some vocations were called into question due to Mother Angelica's fame; and now you see what's left.
I would be afraid of getting into further speculation. I simply don't have the facts.
The former superior, who is now superior of her own community, had been using the Divine Will writings of Louisa Piccareta. Two books are approved by the church, and the rest is still being scrutinized by Rome. When such happens, and it is not part of the rule, dissension such as what we're witnessing can arise.
The church apparently offered those who wished to adhere to the Divine Will writings the opportunity to promote it as their own charism, which is fine.
The Refuge sisters in Arkansas, who had been the only Refuge sisters wearing the habit and semi-cloistered, got involved in an unapproved devotion, and ended up getting excommunicated. The Blessed Sacrament was removed from the premises. I don't know what their status is at the moment.
Both situations are cautionary tales.