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Are You Being Called?

I have been a Sister of the Cenacle since 1978. My vocation was a surprise to me, and has been an inexpressible gift. It has also presented me with challenges which I would never have believed I could handle, but the challenges have very often revealed the grace of God. Because of the mysterious ways of the Holy Spirit working in each person, our community life and our ministry never cease to be a wonder. I am currently part of the Cenacle community in Chicago.

Some of my Interests: 

I play several musical instruments.  
Music is for me an essential element in the spiritual life. I find that it facilitates an openness to the presence of God and the beauty of God's creatures.

I experience the importance of ritual in human life, revel in the beauty of the liturgical year, and am nourished by the mystery of the Eucharist.

Literature and other...

  • The role of women in the Church
  • The internet as a tool for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Discovering contemporary ways of living a contemplative lifestyle
  • Poetry


  • Emory University, Ph.D., M.A., French, 1972
    Dissertation: "L'Elément orphique dans la poésie de Baudelaire et la musique pianistique de Chopin"
  • Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, M.A., Theological Studies, 1984
    Thesis: "The Sacrament of Penance: A Reformulation of the Principle of Integrity"
  • Agnes Scott College, B.A., English, 1965


  • "Caught Up in God: Cenacle Journal" (a meditation/spirituality web page, updated regularly)
  • "Why Do We Gather: Religious Community and the Transforming Journey" (another version was published in 2007 in Review for Religious).
  • At Prayer with St. Therese Couderc: A Novena to the Good God. Chicago: Religious of the Cenacle, 1999.
  • "Consider Tradition," Commonweal (January 29, 1999).
  • "Unity and Uniqueness: the Perils of Consistency," Chicago Studies 31:2 (August 1992).
  • "Cultivating Uselessness." Review for Religious 51:2 (March-April 1992).
  • "The Communion of Saints: Lest the Journey Be Too Long." The Way 30:3 (July 1990). Reprinted in Memoriæ Vis: Essays in Celebration of Arthur R. Evans. Edited by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis and Erkmann Waniek. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993.
  • "The Prince of Darkness as an Angel of Light." Review for Religious 47:6 (November-December 1988).
  • "Openness of Heart and the Sacrament of Penance: A New Look at Integrity." Chicago Studies 25:2 (August 1986).

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