What unique contributions do women religious offer the church?

Women religious from the Children of Mary Convent in Newark, Ohio, gather during the 2015 annual March for Life in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)Women religious from the Children of Mary Convent in Newark, Ohio, gather during the 2015 annual March for Life in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)

For this special “Women in the Church” issue, America spoke to a number of young women religious about the vital contributions they and their fellow sisters make to the Catholic Church. We have excerpted a number of responses below about the role of women religious and the misconceptions they face from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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