About Sr. Susanna

My journey to this community of Poor Clares was as winding – and wondrous – as the journeys of other sisters. I grew up in the Northeast as an Episcopalian; I ended up in the Southeast as a Catholic nun. At different times and from different places and conditions of life, God called each of us to live as contemplatives, here, with these sisters. Together, we follow the Poor Christ, striving to “preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3), in communion with all of God’s creation, as we pray for the needs of the world. It is a challenging life, certainly, but it is also beautiful and joy-filled!

Cat feet

By |2020-02-16T07:44:04+00:00February 15th, 2020|

Many of you will know the Carl Sandburg poem “Fog.” Sandburg’s apt description of fog’s “little cat feet” stays in one’s memory, reemerging when the time is right, as it [...]


By |2020-02-15T00:22:28+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Despite the heat and humidity, the end of August can feel much like the beginning of January: it’s a time for fresh starts and new initiatives. The excitement of a [...]


By |2020-02-15T00:16:37+00:00August 21st, 2019|

When to keep going       … and when to stop We sisters had good lessons in persistence and prudence late Monday afternoon, when a fierce thunderstorm passed through Travelers [...]


By |2020-02-15T00:29:07+00:00August 2nd, 2019|

There are many ways to describe the transitions in our lives. We may use metaphors and refer to opening doors or windows, crossing thresholds, climbing ladders or stairs, passing milestones, [...]


By |2019-10-18T14:17:51+00:00March 14th, 2019|

Thank you for helping us make sunflowers bloom for Sr. Marie! Being a Christian means living in the tension between being and waiting. We strive to be fully [...]

Sunflowers, for Sr. Marie

By |2019-10-18T14:23:58+00:00March 5th, 2019|

Petals for the sunflowers for Marie This week, as Lent begins, the sisters plan to decorate Sr. Marie’s room with some very special sunflowers. We are making them [...]

So blue

By |2019-10-18T14:21:44+00:00February 28th, 2019|

“Nesting bluebirds” by Patricia Pierce is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Normally, we can find suitable words to describe the details of our lives: our experiences, thoughts, feelings, [...]


By |2019-10-18T14:26:27+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Spring flowers in our courtyard What comes to mind when you think of the word joy? The laughter of a baby playing peek-a-boo with you A child giggling [...]