Maine convent opens doors to draw interest
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) -- Religious sisters at a convent in Biddeford, Maine, are holding an open house to spread the word about what religious life is all about.
The Good Shepherd Sisters are holding an open day at the St. Joseph Convent on Sunday for anyone who hears the calling to serve God and community or to simply learn more.
Visitors are welcome to come to a morning Mass followed by a tour, lunch and question-and-answer sessions with local sisters and those visiting from Brazil and Lesotho.
The open house is part of the Good Shepherd Sisters' religious order's initiative to recruit new members to keep the convent going. The number of sisters and nuns in the U.S. has fallen from about 180,000 in 1965 to 55,000 last year.