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!


By |2023-12-05T19:41:09+00:00December 5th, 2023|

What are your earliest memories of Advent? Perhaps the hymns, the liturgical colors, or the readings from Scripture made an impression on you. For many of us, Advent candles feature [...]

For Sale

By |2023-08-03T15:54:16+00:00August 3rd, 2023|

You wouldn't believe the number of "For Sale" signs that appear in the monastery over the course of a year. They pop up at odd times and often in unusual [...]


By |2023-03-29T15:20:57+00:00March 29th, 2023|

When Poor Clares talk about “Dishes,” they usually aren’t referring just to plates, cups, and bowls. In our monastery, as in many other monasteries, the word “Dishes” refers to a [...]


By |2023-01-23T21:47:29+00:00January 23rd, 2023|

"Who is Heb?" Last week, I was Heb. No, I didn't get a new nickname, nor is "Heb" slang for a cool nun (we wish!). "Heb" is short for "hebdomadary," [...]


By |2020-07-25T18:22:40+00:00July 25th, 2020|

Those of you of a certain age may remember the live recording of Jackson Browne singing “The Load Out/Stay” ("Stay" begins at 6:09). An adaptation of Maurice Williams’s 1960 doo-wop [...]

How is Ladybug?

By |2020-06-01T10:10:27+00:00May 31st, 2020|

Many of you have asked after Ladybug, our newest community member and official Feline-in-Residence. She’s really appreciated your interest in her welfare and recently expressed the desire to reach out [...]

Here and there

By |2020-05-15T20:35:30+00:00May 15th, 2020|

This past week, I discovered two unexpected objects that have brought me great joy, transporting me to a much-loved place and to memories of time spent with much-loved family members. [...]

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