Nun Tweets

May 10, 2012

in Tips

Nuns tweet. Apparently. As soon as I heard about this I had to find out.

After an interesting discussion in my office which ended with the formation of a business to help nuns and priests with their social media endeavors, appropriately called Connected Clergy, I set out to become the foremost expert on nun tweets.

After all, as Leslie (a girl in my office) says, someday someone will want to write a thesis on the social media activities of the clergy.

As I began my research, I was frankly astounded by the sheer number of nuns on Twitter. In fact, there is even a hash tag #WhatSistersMeanToMe for how nuns have made a difference in your life.

(This is the part where I show how ignorant I am about nuns in general.)

I have always pictured nuns as being like this…

What I discovered is that Nuns are really more like

Even more surprising, the Vatican WANTS nuns to tweet. According to USA Today, "The Vatican wants the powerful women's voices to stress the Catholic vision for marriage and sexuality and to spend more time campaigning against abortion, gay marriage and women's ordination."

So what do nuns tweet about?

Good books

Complaints – albeit MUCH nicer than most

Inspiration

Poems

Prayers

Current Events

And limes

Nuns even blog. I'm loving The Awkward Catholic. It's extremely enlightening (no nun pun intended).

And give shout outs

I'm starting to think that nuns are WAY cooler than we are led to believe.

{ 5 comments }

Patrice May 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Love it – I can just imagine the nuns that taught me in elementary school tweeting back and forth!

Jamie May 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I think I need to follow @srhelenaburns. Too funny.

hilljean May 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Helena Burns is my favorite. I think she and I would totally be friends. This is hilarious! I really need to get cracking with the Twitter. I am so behind. Thanks for enlightening me–totally inspired.
Also, you're totally right about someone writing a thesis on connected clergy. Sounds like an English major to me.

Kathryn May 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

Love this post! Earlier this year I took a course about self-esteem at Namaste House. The woman running the programs name sis Emma and she is amazing. I told her I thought she was an angel, if there were actually angels. She talked about healing energy, special stones, talking sticks. I was wondering if was a little too touchy feely for me.
When I arrived for the first class, the other women were calling her Sister. I was sooo surprised! I don't have much of a traditional religious background and definitely not a Catholic one so I just didn't get it!
Simply amazing woman. Amazing.

Liberty May 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I am here from SITS and thrilled to 'discover' you. When your header popped up I just about spit out my tea. LOL That. is. wonderful!

I just heard about the Vatican encouraging tweeting. I'm so glad they are keeping it human. =D 

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