Offbeat: Too much Facebook gets Dominican nun dismissed?

There’s typically more to these stories than what we see in the press, but still:

Maria Jesus Galan had 600 Facebook friends. She liked to communicate with them, to spread good news.

However, her Facebook habit has lost her something very dear–her habit.

Her fellow nuns reportedly claimed that Sister Maria’s Facebook activity “made life impossible.” She was therefore asked to leave and now lives with her mother. – CNET



  • Cheri

    I wonder if her Internet activities got in the way of praying The Liturgy of the Hours, or some other vocational responsibility – ? My husband’s aunt was a Dominican sister, and I know she was always treated very fairly. I think it behooves us to not make judgments about the Order being unfair since we don’t know all the circumstances.

  • Michelle

    If it was detracting her from her responsibilities tied to her vocation then it is probably right she got reprimanded. But dismissing her was might have been a bit extreme. They could have just refrained her from accessing the internet. This is just going to breed resentment towards the Church on her part.

  • Judy

    I am sure there is more to the story, but she as a nun, should not have been spending so much time on the computer. There are so many duties in the day, to say nothing of her prayer life, that would keep her busy. It seems she was not putting her vocation first, a calling that is THE key for her, and for us, as well.

    • Cooky642

      I think we need to be careful about making assumptions. Sr. Maria does not look like a “youngster” addicted to technology. And, while most Orders do have set prayer times, they also have communal work to do. Additionally, they are required to have a “personal apostolate”. Could we not assume that Facebook might have been her apostolate? Those not enclosed can leave to feed the poor or teach or run a day-care. Those enclosed have more limited apostolates. As a Third Order/Secular member, my own apostolate is the computer. I mentor several younger Seculars, and a couple of laywomen (tho’ not on Facebook). I teach, form, counsel and pray with them and for them. Might Sr. Maria be doing the same?

      • Pax0mnibus

        Your compassion is an example to all of us. May you continue to share that compassion in any way you can.

  • Irishtroubadour

    I will agree with Billy. I hope that this “Formation” issue (for those is religouse or seminary life) was dealt with more severly then a one time only offence. I have known to many good candidates for Priesthood and final order dismissed for foolish things, and usually given some obscure reason like “your too worldly” or “maybe you should take more time to get the partying out of your system” (I’m seriouse about these). Though I don’t necessarily agree with Nun’s on Facebook, I do think religouse orders and seminaries need to grow with where people are at (not in area’s of morals) but things like technology and where many of the young people come from out of high school and college. Things are very different thab many of the older advisors of these orders and seminaries were when they were youngsters. Just saying, many of these “Advisors” will have alot to speak up for at the last judgement. God’s been sending us priests and nuns, but many are turned away for foolish and mundane reasons.

  • Billy Atwell

    I would love to know if the order offered Sister Maria the opportunity to tone down her internet and Facebook use before they threw her out.

    You’re right, Thomas, that there is probably more to this story, but the details are a fairly strange set of circumstances to remove a vocation from a woman for.

    And lastly, how did her use of Facebook make life “impossible” for her other sisters?

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