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Student Debt Is Standing in the Way of Future Nuns and Priests


NYT > Colleges and Universities

Kendra Baker, a 25-year-old Catholic, considered becoming a nun after her father’s miraculous recovery from a severe accident. Post-graduation, she felt a gentle push towards religious life and found a community aligning with her interests. However, her student loan debt hindered her from joining, as Catholic tradition requires debt clearance before taking a vow of poverty. The National Religious Vocation Conference highlighted educational debt as a deterrent for many considering religious vocations, with average student loan debt in the US reaching $30,000 in 2023.

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