Religion: The Protestant Sisters

Men can join the ministry, but how can Protestant women give their lives to serving God? One way is to join a sisterhood. Today, although few laymen are aware of it, more than 60,000 women, mostly in Europe, have taken up the religious life within Protestantism, in organizations that range from convents of veiled nuns to mother houses of deaconesses devoted to public service.

Like Roman Catholic sisters and nuns, Protestant women seeking the religious life have a wide range of vocations to choose from. There are cloistered Benedictine convents in the Church of...

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