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Documentary Explores Religious Life

September 17, 2007

The lifestyles and work of Catholic women who have taken vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience will be explored in Milwaukee's Vowed Women of Faith, a new Milwaukee Public Television special premiering Friday, Oct. 5, on MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD at 9 p.m.

The program will be repeated Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9:30 p.m. on MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD.

The 30-minute documentary, produced by broadcast journalist Mark Siegrist, examines the variety of religious lifestyles, work, and contributions to the community made by Milwaukee's nuns. The Archdiocese is home to more than 2,300 women religious.

"Catholic sisterhood remains one of the more intriguing and mysterious lifestyles in the world today," Siegrist said. After the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, nuns became more diversified than ever before, he added, and today their interests range from cloistered prayer to social outreach.

The documentary visits an eclectic group of convents and ministries in the Milwaukee area to find out about their lives, their work, and how they touch the lives of many other people.

Milwaukee's Vowed Women of Faith is one of a number of new local programs and special events commemorating Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary. Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, viewers enjoy a broad choice of quality programs on MPTV-10, MPTV-36, MPTV-HD and an array of digital services. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.