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A Unique Religious Community

— Posted by John (March 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm)

sistersThere’s a beautiful article on LifeSite today about a one-of-a-kind community of nuns:

The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are a contemplative religious community in France that enables girls with Down syndrome to respond to a religious vocation.

The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome.

In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb says the order exists, “To allow those who have the ‘last place’ in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ. To allow those who depend on others for their everyday life to take in charge, in their prayer, the intentions that are entrusted to them. To allow those whose life is held in contempt to the extent of being in danger from a culture of death, to witness by their consecration to the Gospel of Life.”

The possibility of young women with Down syndrome being enabled to realize their religious vocation depends on the support of sisters without the disability, who have responded to a call to consecrate themselves to God with their disabled sisters and to form one community with them.

I encourage you to read the whole thing — there’s a good chance it may be the most uplifting story you read today.

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3 Comments on “A Unique Religious Community”

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  1. Alissa says:

    I’m a little confused… I feel like individuals with Down Syndrome most likely wouldn’t have the mental capacity to make such a serious decision to join a religious order. Maybe I’m wrong, but that is my prevailing thought.

    Comment posted April 1st, 2010 at 4:48 pm
  2. Anna says:

    I am very inspired by this small group of courageous women who are working hard to overcome intense obstacles and struggles of having a developmental disability! I am a QDDP (a case worker) for 13 people with autism, down syndrome, etc, and I myself am becoming a nun! But when I see women like this, it reminds me of why I’m doing the job I’m doing until I find my order!

    It reminds me that MY obstacles are nothing compared to others. If these women can devote their lives to God because they feel called to, so can I…there’s no question SOME people with down syndrome have a harder time understanding things like reading time or reading, it depends on the person. And many people with DS are MUCH more capable of loving God more fully than you or I are! God Bless them! I hope to stop by there one day and meet them!!

    Comment posted September 6th, 2011 at 10:21 pm
  3. Patty says:

    In response to Alissa: Like all people, there is a range of mental capabilities. Yes, many people with Downs Syndrome can make such a decision. Some get married, go to college, and TONS hold jobs. Of course, some people are so hindered that they cannot make such a decision, but that is in extreme cases. Many people with developmental “disabilities” are some of the most religious and devoted people I know. Their complete trust in God is humbling.

    Comment posted July 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm