Summit monastery expanding as millennials consider a nun's life

An increasing number of college-educated, millennial women are becoming nuns at a monastery in New Jersey.

An increasing number of college-educated, millennial women are becoming nuns at a monastery in New Jersey.

The Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, NJ, says about half of its community consists of young women in their 20s and 30s. 

The uptick comes despite a steep decline of nuns across the country with research showing more nuns over the age of 90 than under the age of 60.

Sister Mary Martin is now in her 48th year at this community, which she says has always strived to remain cutting edge, specifically on the internet.

"They like to see the habit.  There's nothing against those that don't wear the habit. But, young people like to see the habit and they like to wear it," she added.

Sister Danielle, 25, is among the new nuns at the monastery.

"When I was in college I just felt like I was being called to something different than marriage," Sister Danielle said. "I guess since I wasn't being called towards marriage, I opened myself up to God."

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