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Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL)

For Love of the Broken Body


Sister Chioma Ahanihu, Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, will join Sister Julia Walsh in conversation to discuss themes in Sister Julia Walsh’s forthcoming spiritual memoir, For Love of the Broken Body. Possible topics include discernment and adjustment to religious life, integration into community life, the evangelical counsels, and the complexities of publicly committing to the Catholic Church.

“Julia Walsh gives me hope for a future with religious women changing the world. She tells a story all her own, but I felt her doubts, questions, and passion each step of the way. Highly recommended.”
—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire







Sister Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of her congregation’s formation team, serving women who are discerning their vocation. Along with another Franciscan Sister, she co-founded The Fireplace, an intentional community and house of hospitality on Chicago’s southside that offers spiritual support to seekers, artists, and activists. She has an MA in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union and is a spiritual director and secondary teacher. As a creative writer, educator, retreat presenter, and speaker she is passionate about exploring the intersection of creativity, spirituality, activism, and community life. A regularly published spiritual writer, Sister Julia’s work can be found in publications such as America, Living Faith Catholic Devotional, National Catholic Reporter, Chicago Sun Times, Living City, and St. Anthony Messenger. She hosts the Messy Jesus Business blog and podcast. Her spiritual memoir FOR LOVE OF THE BROKEN BODY (Monkfish) is forthcoming in April 2024.

  • Start Date
    March 18, 2024,4:00 pm CT
  • End Date
    March 18, 2024,8:00 pm CT
  • Hosted By
    • Center for the Study of Consecrated Life
  • Event Type
    • Book Event
  • Location
    • 210 BC
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