New marketing, trends drawing more to the convent

first_img“We’re not selling ourselves like we’re worried we’re gonna die out,” Scott said. “We’re evolving into something else.” Plenty of girls and young women visit Sister Julie Vieira’s popular blog, A Nun’s Life, which originally wasn’t meant as a recruiting tool. A member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Mich., Vieira blogs about politics, enjoying a beer at a bar and her favorite bands along with religious content, hoping to dispel sister stereotypes. “A number of religious communities are finding that the Internet is where people are gathering,” said Vieira. “We’re realizing that we need to have a presence there as well.” Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the largest religious order in the United States, hired an outside ad agency to design ads for secular magazines like People, along with Internet banner ads. Yet, it is the tradition of the convent that ultimately attracts outsiders. Several of the women say they are looking for communities that still wear habits and are rooted in conservative theology. “It’s a radical way of living,” says Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, of The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn. “When you used to put the habit on, it was conventional. Now it’s radical and I think people want to do something radical with their lives.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Twenty young women who want to become nuns will arrive this fall at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Michigan – so many candidates that there aren’t enough beds. Helped by aggressive marketing and a new generation of conservative Roman Catholics, convents around the country say they are experiencing an increase in applicants for the first time in decades. The women are inspired by Pope John Paul II and his defense of Catholic orthodoxy, and are seeking a life that draws them closer to God. Anecdotal evidence about the increase has convinced the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which analyzes church trends, that it should start a formal study of the growth. “It’s not a huge increase, but for a while there was hardly anybody and now there are some, so something is going on,” said Mary Bendyna, executive director of CARA, based at Georgetown University. The number of U.S. nuns dropped dramatically since its peak of about 180,000 in 1965 to 66,600 in 2006, according to CARA. The numbers will continue to decline as older nuns die, even with a recruiting surge – but the decrease could slow. Sister Mary McGlynn, 23, is among the new recruits. McGlynn watched a promotional DVD and visited the Dominican Sisters Web site before deciding to join. “That helps a lot because online you can read about the community and see pictures and see what they’re about,” she said. Along with McGlynn, the other new members include a former lawyer and bartender whose average age is 24. The national average age for nuns is in the 70s, according to CARA. At The Villa, a two-story motel turned convent where about 25 nuns live on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, the nuns are also changing with the times. Their founders would tell them to “go to the edges,” embrace technology, says Sister Arlene Scott, assistant vice president of mission at this coed Catholic school in Miami. That attitude has helped their order, the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Michigan, attract a handful of new candidates in their 20s and 30s this year. They used billboards and hired an ad agency to research what would appeal to younger women. last_img read more

Discipline, attitude change reason for improvement – Matano

first_img“Day by day every player is improving. They realize they have to play and perform and that’s why there is a bit of consistency. When I came in they were not training as a team; sometimes players were not even coming to training. But now we are more like a unit and the mentality and attitude has changed. It becomes easier to plan,” Matano has said.Matano’s discipline axe has already been wielded on Ugandan forward Allan Katterega who crossed paths with the tactician referred to as ‘The Lion’ in Nakuru during their 1-0 loss to Bandari.Katterega openly argued with the coach after he was substituted despite coming on in the second half and Matano said he would not work with him again.Goalkeeper Ian Otieno is also reported to have fallen prey of Matano’s tough regime having missed a training session.AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia players clash mid-air during the Mashemeji Derby match on August 26, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe tactician is confident that with renewed spirit, the team has the capability to fight to finish the season on a high.“Of course we can’t win the league now but the plan is to play each of the remaining 13 matches well and see what comes out at the end of the season. We have to play to win and if we continue like this, we will achieve our target. We have to finish above top 10. AFC is a big team and we can’t afford to finish lower,” the tactician noted.Ingwe put up perhaps their best performance on Sunday evening when they played to a 1-1 draw with arch rivals Gor Mahia, a result that Matano is confident will spur them on as they aim to finish the season on a high.“For me, these are not two dropped points. Coming from two 3-0 losses to draw 1-1 is a good result. Of course Gor is on top at the moment and this is a very important point for us. If you compare us to Gor, they are better,” Matano offered.After the international break, Ingwe will shift their hunt to fast rising Zoo Kericho in Nakuru.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaks to midfielder Duncan Otieno before their game against Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby on August 26, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The recent upturn of results at AFC Leopards has been down to discipline and an attitude change among the players, head coach Robert Matano has revealed.Matano who joined AFC in July from National Super League side Bidco United believes that they will finish within the top 10 positions even as he looks to close the season with a trophy, having qualified for the GOtv Shield semi-finals.last_img read more

Chelsea suspend four fans after Sterling racial abuse row

first_img0Shares0000Raheem Sterling was the victim of alleged racist abuse from fans during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 10 – Chelsea have suspended four people from attending their matches while the club carries out an investigation into allegations Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was racially abused during Saturday’s Premier League clash.Television cameras apparently caught a Chelsea fan aiming racist abuse at England winger Sterling during the Blues’ 2-0 win over City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea and the British police are investigating the incident, which has provoked widespread condemnation amid fears football is returning to the dark ages of racism that blighted the sport in the 1970s and 1980s.Chelsea have taken swift action to temporarily suspend four fans until they have concluded their probe, with the threat of permanent bans if they find evidence of racist behaviour.“Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday,” a Chelsea statement read.“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and, if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans.“We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”City responded to the suspensions by praising Chelsea’s decision to take action, with the Premier League champions also confirming they are helping with police over the incident.“Manchester City FC welcomes Chelsea FC’s decision to issue suspensions to the individuals who verbally abused Raheem Sterling during the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday,” a statement said.“The club and Raheem are fully engaged with Chelsea FC and the investigating authorities as they continue to examine the events in question.“Manchester City and Raheem are committed to working with all relevant parties and organisations to support the objective of eradicating racism from the game.”In an Instagram post on Sunday, Sterling said he “had to laugh” when he heard the remarks because he expects “no better”.The 24-year-old accused British newspapers of helping to “fuel racism” with the way they portray young black footballers.Former Liverpool star Sterling referred to a story from January about City team-mate Tosin Adarabioyo reportedly buying an expensive house despite never having started a Premier League match.“The young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an(d) aggressive behaviour,” Sterling wrote.“So for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance.”The Professional Footballers’ Association said it stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Sterling and believes he is singled out for negative media coverage.The PFA has been in contact with the England international to offer support and praised the restraint he showed at Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Frank Lampard’s MLS debut delayed after Chelsea legend picks up training injury

first_img Frank Lampard 1 Frank Lampard’s eagerly awaited debut for New York City FC has been delayed after the former Chelsea midfielder picked up a leg injury in training.Lampard had been expected to make his Major League Soccer bow in Sunday’s match against Toronto FC, but suffered a calf strain while preparing for the Yankee Stadium encounter.Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, who played for Manchester City during the 2014-15 Premier League season after leaving the Blues at the end of the previous campaign, could now feature in next Sunday’s game against New England Revolution.“I’m hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sunday’s game, which I have been really looking forward to. I’ve been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session,” Lampard told his club’s official website.“Whilst I’ve been taking it day by day since then and have been involved in light training, I’ve just been advised by the medical team that it needs a few days’ rest for it to heal fully.“As I say, it’s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football. The good news is that I should be back in full training next week.“While I was desperate to play a role on Sunday, I have to take the advice of our medical team to let it heal and not risk further injury so I can get back on the pitch and play a full role as soon as possible.”The former England midfielder signed for the then newly formed MLS side in July last year but delayed his stateside arrival to help City finish runners-up to Chelsea in the recently-completed Premier League campaign.last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 4

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we looked back on last night’s Euro 2016 action as France beat Iceland 5-2 to reach the semi-finals. We also previewed another action-packed day at Wimbledon as Andy Murray faces Nick Kyrgios in the last 16. And we also bring you the latest from another busy weekend of Super League action and look back on the Austrian Grand Prix. All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.last_img


first_imgWE all know he’s winning matches but now the question is why?That will be the topic that will be debated by an expert group at the Greencastle Community Centre in an event run by Moville GAA club in the run up to the All Ireland final. The event takes place on September 14th and will feature a host of names including Oisin McConville, Brendan devenney and RTE host Micheal O Muircheartaigh.The debate will be chaired by a man who takes no messing from anyone – Judge Sean McBride.All the details you need are in the poster above.Now al together everyone …..Jimmy’s Winning Matches ….!! Cmon Donegal!! WHY IS JIMMY WINNING MATCHES? WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL COURT JUDGE WILL TELL US! was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Softball Sweeps Doubleheader with UNI Tuesday Night

first_imgDrake’s offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning. The Bulldogs used a combination of patience and timely hitting with five walks and five hits, all singles. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) and Libby Ryan (West Des Moines, Iowa) drew back-to-back bases loaded walks and Johnson added one as well for three runs. The other five runs came from RBI singles by Roemmich, Frank and finally Pena. Frank’s and Pena’s each drove in two runs while Roemmich’s scored one. Frank added one more RBI single in the fourth inning for the Bulldogs’ final run. Drake stays at home as Loyola visits Saturday for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Loyola 4/13/2019 – 12 p.m. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Preview Drake, the league-leader in walks, showed more patience at the plate with six walks, three by Johnson. Roemmich and Pena each had two hits while Pena added two RBI. PDF Box Score Game 2 Live Stats ESPN+ In the first victory, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) continued her dominance in the circle. Newman, who improved to 15-6 overall, scattered four hits, two walks and one hit batter while striking out 12. The only run was unearned as the Panthers capitalized on a pair of fifth-inning errors by the Bulldogs. Newman has won her last seven starts, all complete games, and nine of her last 12 appearances. She has added one save during that span. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned the win in the circle to improve to 11-7. Timmons pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and worked around five walks. Two of her runs allowed came on solo home runs in the fifth inning and the other on a bases loaded walk to the Valley’s top hitter Sammey Bunch in the fourth. The home runs led off the frame but Timmons settled down and struck out the side around a one-out walk, including freezing the game’s final hitter to end the game early. Story Links As a team, Drake collected 14 hits, led by Newman and Roemmich, who each had three. Frank, Pena and Ryan each had two. Frank and Pena each drove in three runs. Frank and Johnson each stole one base. The Bulldogs drew seven walks. PDF Box Score Game 1 Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team swept Northern Iowa Tuesday night in a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader at Buel Field. Drake (26-13, 12-1 MVC) claimed its fifth consecutive MVC series with 3-1 and 11-3 wins over in-state rival UNI (17-16, 8-5 MVC) and extended its winning streak to 12. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drove in Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) for the game’s first run with an RBI groundout in the first inning. One batter later, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly to left that Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) tagged up on from third to put Drake up 2-0. Two innings later, Pena’s laser shot to center field scored Johnson. In the second win, Pena started the scoring for the Bulldogs with a first-inning RBI double to right field that plated Roemmich. Newman followed with an RBI single through the left side that brought in Johnson.last_img read more

Some Thoughts on Transformational Change

first_imgIf you want transformational change, you have to start by making transformation your goal. It has to be the single most important thing on which you focus. Even when transforming requires that you build new skills, training isn’t transformation. Consulting isn’t transformation either, even though it may be required to move forward.If you want to lead change, you have to answer the question, “Why must we change now?” Without a reason and consequences for not changing now, you will not compel your sales force to take the actions that lead to transformational change. We ask our salespeople to help our clients understand the reasons they need to change now. Your transformation starts in the same place.You have to be willing to go to the mat for your transformation. You have to be willing to fight for it. You will have to work with members of your leadership team. You will have to force some people to come along. Unless you insist that the change occurs, it won’t. People will try to wait you out, passively resisting the transformation. Others will actively and vocally work against you. You will have to deal with both.One of the primary obstacles to change is believing that you can’t change because your people aren’t going to be happy. Many of them won’t be thrilled with change, no matter what it is. You cannot accept a lack of effort on the change that you need, and you must remedy a lack of activity immediately. Some people, the ones who are comfortable with the way things are, may leave for what they believe to be greener pastures. But that is the part of the price that change requires of you.Until you achieve your goal, you are going to have to begin and end every conversation with the change initiative. You are going to have to remind people why you are changing. You’ll also have to insist that new beliefs are adopted and new actions taken. It has to be all-consuming. It has to underly every conversation.The front line managers are the most valuable resources you have when it comes to change. They have to ensure that everyone is doing what is necessary, especially holding their people accountable. Without the front line managers, and without real accountability for change, it won’t happen. Change isn’t easy.These things are necessary if you are going to become something newer, better, and bigger than you are now.last_img read more

Indian National Attempts To Extort Rs 2.6 Crore From Standard Chartered Bank In Singapore; Faces Jail And Caning

first_imgA 35-year-old Indian national, who tried to extort half-a-million Singapore dollars from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, was charged in court. Nagarajan Balajee faces a jail term of between two and five years and caning under a charge of “attempting to commit extortion,” The Straits Times reported on Wednesday. Read it at First Post Related Itemslast_img