A Look at the Impact and Decline of Catholic Nuns in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH – For generations, Catholic religious women in western Pennsylvania filled schools and hospitals pursuing a full-time, faithful mission of charity and love. Numerous orders of “Sisters” educated impoverished immigrants and those who came after them. But now, most of those orders are seeing diminishing numbers.
In a special half-hour documentary called Change of Habit premiering Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8 pm, WQED-TV examines the painful loss and influence of the Catholic Sisters.
In this heartwarming story, local Sisters have evolved and vow to continue their tireless work in other ministries. As a maximum security prison employee, Benedictine Sister Sue Fazzini says “we might be small but we’re mighty.”
Local Orders featured in the program include: The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill; The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Baden; and the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Steubenville, Ohio.
With the median age of nuns across the United States at 70, how will the aging orders survive? Will they ever return to full vocations again? Are there really local congregations of sisters that are considered youthful and growing?
Emmy ® Award winning reporter/producer Michael Bartley teams up with Emmy ® Award winning photographer/editor Paul Ruggieri to bring you this unique and historic look back at the contributions of local Sisters and how they expect to serve in the future.
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