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  • Sister Janet Mary teaches an anatomy lesson at St. Cecilia Academy on Tuesday. At St. Cecilia's, the median age for the 272 sisters in the order is 36; the youngest sister is 18, the oldest 101.

    Postulants not kicking the habit

    A handful of Roman Catholic convents are contradicting the decades-long slide in the number of women choosing to devote their lives to the sisterhood. And at least two of them are doing it by sticking to tradition, including the wearing of habits.

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  • She said entering postulants this fall include a highly decorated Harvard graduate and students from Notre Dame, St. Louis University and other esteemed schools.

    Postulants not kicking the habit →

  • Potential postulants see "young vibrant women, obviously happy with what they're doing" at St. Cecilia's and other growing orders, said Mary Gautier, senior research associate at CARA.

    Postulants not kicking the habit →

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