Get thee to a nunnery: What’s behind the surge in the number of women entering convents?

Far from being put off by lives spent in prayer and without a partner, the number of women going into convents has risen six-fold in the past decade and is at its highest in 25 years according to new figures released by the Catholic Church. Dissatisfaction with modern society and a greater awareness of religious life through nuns offering ‘taster weekends’ are factors in the increase, claims the National Office for Vocation of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. It describes religious life as “an attractive choice for an increasing number of educated and dynamic young and older women.”

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