A robust lay sister
with a cheerful complexion emerged from a porter's lodge, and, on his stating his errand, pointed to the open door of the chapel, an edifice which occupied the right side of the court and was preceded by the high flight of steps.
In the book and multimedia online publication, Sensual Encounters, Erika Lindgren examines how Dominican nuns and lay sisters
located in six southern German houses during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries interpreted their surroundings and incorporated their sensory experiences into their spiritual and devotional lives.
As the laity has sprung to the support of the sisters, the sisters have realized in a new way how intimately connected their life has become to that of their lay sisters
As family matriarchs, widows, or lay sisters
, they ordered architecture and art objects appropriate to their characters.
I wish that some Catholic magazine would publish articles featuring dedicated lay sisters
and brothers and the ministries in which they are evangelizing, educating, and healing people, especially the poor.
Differences between choir and lay sisters
and the training of female religious are all canvassed.
Readers of the ILS familiar with the recent expose of the Magdalen laundries are aware of workers' conditions in such institutions, but Hearn's data on the difference between the time spent in the lay Protestant-run facilities, a limited time (usually nine month to two years) before they were placed in service or assisted to emigrate and the Magdalen asylums run by Catholic religious where the workers often stayed for their entire lives living as lower caste lay sisters
In the late nineteenth century, several congregations associated with the middle class created a tier of membership called lay sisters
(les soeurs converses), who performed manual labour for the Congregation and did not participate in the Congregation's government or recitation of the daily office.
Weaver views the religious community as a "feminine subculture" (3) that united women behind the walls with their lay sisters
who lived outside them, even after the post-Tridentine enforced enclosure of all convents.
For some reformers, the lay sisters
represented an ideal integration of "religious devotion, maternal sympathy, womanly subservience, and secular, scientific training" necessary for nurses (83).
Although the radical Revolution confiscated the hospitals' endowments and expelled the nuns and lay sisters
, the Napoleonic regime reconstituted the former and restored the latter.
The former called for the separation of the nuns from others, primarily from men and from the outside world but also from lay sisters