From Living His Life Abundantly International:
by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Inappropriate conduct by the superior of the Home of the Mother religious order that has been serving students at Ave Maria University (AMU) for several years has caused the administration and local diocese to dismiss the order from the campus.
The Ave Herald is reporting that Sister Maria Elena, the nun who was supervising the University’s program to help women discern a religious vocation, was apparently involved in some kind of “immoral conduct” last spring with a female student.
Apparently the nun responsible for the behavior was abruptly recalled to Spain, where the Home of the Mother (Hogar de la Madre) order is based, last year. However, the order did not report the incident to the University, nor did they follow Vatican-prescribed procedures for reporting such incidents...
According to the Herald, the Home of the Mother group has been on the AMU campus since the 2004-2005 academic year. Its nuns, familiar for their all-white habits, have been running the university’s Women’s Discernment program, which helps young women determine if they have a calling to the religious life. The order is a Vatican-sanctioned “Public International Association of the Faithful” but is not an approved religious order like the Franciscans or the Dominicans.