Life of a nun in a convent
Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns by Cheryl L. ReedWhen reporter Cheryl Reed set out to examine the lives of nuns, she was determined to find out what was behind the enigmatic image reinforced by Hollywood clichés, misguided speculation, and her Catholic friends childhood stories of unyielding figures in black.
For Unveiled, she interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world.
What is convent life like?
A nun is a member of a religious community of women, typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the enclosure of a monastery. In the Buddhist tradition, female monastics are known as Bhikkhuni , and take several additional vows compared to male monastics bhikkhus. Nuns are most common in Mahayana Buddhism , but have more recently become more prevalent in other traditions. Within Christianity, women religious, known as nuns or religious sisters , are found in Catholic , Eastern Orthodox , Anglican , and Lutheran traditions among others. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, nuns historically take solemn vows and live a life of prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent , while sisters take simple vows  and live an active vocation of prayer and charitable works in areas such as education and healthcare.
A s the alarm clock goes off, I pull the thin comforter up around my neck and slowly take stock of where I am. The room is small and slanted, decorated with a few pieces of mismatched furniture, everything in tan or chestnut brown, bland but comfortable. I could be anywhere, lying on this foam-padded twin mattress.
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Only about one percent of nuns in the U. Two or three women between the required ages of 18 and 35 join the Daughters of St. Paul , otherwise known as the MediaNuns, every year. Here, a year-old sister born in Florida but based in a Toronto convent shares where she bought a closetful of white shirts and what it means to marry God. Each morning I wake up around six in our convent, which is upstairs above our books center. There are about five other sisters in the same hallway and we each have our own rooms.