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LI nuns see their numbers dwindling away

Sisters of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus

Sisters of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus being honored for 50 years of service: Mary Alice Aschenback, left, Norma Jean Lockcinski, Lorraine Struthers, Dolores Wisniewski, Mary Loyola Engel, Margaret Sprague, Jane Lyons and Betty Ann McKiernan. (Sept. 29, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Newsday's Bart Jones has an interesting story looking at how aging nuns on LI are dealing with a drop in their numbers -- a trend that mirrors the situation all across the U.S.

The largest LI order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, has gone from about 2,000 in the 1950s to 631 today, the president of its congregation said.

And the Congregation of the Infant Jesus has gone from a high of about 280 in the early 1960s to 50 today, according to its president, Sister Dolores Wisniewski.

Which means, as Wisniewski said,   "It's somewhat in God's hands" whether the order will survive into the future or what form it will take....

Don't miss photojournalist's Alejandra Villa's luminous portraits of the nuns and their convents.

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