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!

Treetops: silent, still, safe

By |2019-10-18T14:41:23+00:00January 17th, 2019|

Sciurus Carolinensis by Chiswick Chap (CC BY-SA 3.0), from Wikimedia Commons Slowing down isn’t something you usually associate with squirrels, but at this time of the year, many are [...]


By |2019-10-18T14:43:53+00:00January 13th, 2019|

Light by Max Pixel. CC0. Last Friday, the sisters had a day of prayer and fasting in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. We closed [...]

As with gladness…

By |2019-10-18T14:45:24+00:00January 5th, 2019|

Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, The Adoration of the Magi. National Gallery of Art. Epiphany is one of my favorite feasts and has been since childhood. It’s [...]

Meerkats & memories

By |2019-10-18T14:50:12+00:00December 31st, 2018|

Sr. Mary Lucy's Meerkats As we near the end of the Christmas Octave and prepare to begin a new year, it’s natural to imitate Janus and look backwards [...]

Trees — 4th Sunday of Advent

By |2019-10-18T14:48:07+00:00December 23rd, 2018|

At this darker time of the year, the trees are skeletal. What you notice first, now, is not foliage but structure, not ornament but underpinning, not rounded canopy but stark, [...]

O !

By |2019-10-18T14:52:01+00:00December 16th, 2018|

[Unknown.] Initial O: Christ, late 13th century, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. Leaf: 58.3 × 40.2 cm (22 15/16 × 15 13/16 in.), Ms. Ludwig VI [...]

Don’t get me started…

By |2019-10-18T14:53:42+00:00December 4th, 2018|

"Santorini's Donkey" by Klearchos Kapoutsis is licensed under CC by 2.0 On Thanksgiving, after enjoying a festive meal provided by generous donors, after fellowship with our dear brother [...]

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