Programs and Retreats


Young Nuns in Their Own Words

Saturday, October 19
6:30 - 8:30 PM


Hear from and speak with three young nuns about their lives.

Do women still enter convents? Why? What are their lives like? Meet and speak with three young women who have embraced vocations as religious sisters. Theirs are stories of faith, hope, charity, and humor.


Sr. Jocelyn Edathil, SIC was born and raised in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of Philip and Rajamma who immigrated to the USA in the early 1970s. She was reared in the Syro Malanakara Catholic rite and is a parishioner of St Jude Parish. She felt her calling to be a Catholic nun at a young age yet pursued and completed her education and then was able to pursue her long cherished dream of being a religious sister. She went to Villanova University where she graduated with degree in Chemistry. She went on to complete the prestigious MD/PhD dual degree program at Penn State then went to Temple University for her internal medicine residency. Afterwards she began formation with the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ also know as the Bethany Sisters in India. She made her first profession of vows in August 6th, 2016 in NY. Currently she works at Temple University Hospital as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine where she teaches medical students and residents. She also travels far and wide giving talks to primarily young people about a variety of topics including vocational discernment, intercultural communication in the Indian diaspora as well as current trends in social media. She has given over 50 talks and is an invited speaker on the national and international level.

Sr. Laura Downing, IHM is Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Immaculate University.


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