A Millennial Nun-To-Be

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Philadelphia Inquirer


April 23, 2014


Consider some of the so-called defining characteristics of the millennial generation – narcissistic, entitled, suspicious of institutions, especially religious ones – and then consider the future that 22-year-old Becca Gutherman sees for herself.

She wants to be a nun.

For the last five years, Gutherman, a senior at Immaculata University, has been in discernment, a spiritual-training process that can last up to 15 years before the final vows are taken, involving prayer, outreach projects, and convent visits. Her blog, “Road Less Traveled” (the title a nod to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”), chronicles her pilgrimage in the preparation for the final vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity that she plans to take one day when she joins the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

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