Friday, May 11, 2007
Cloistered carmelite nuns.
A friend wrote that ABC's 20/20 will be having a special on tonight called "Silent Sisters" about cloistered nuns.
Featured will be the Poor Clares in Roswell, New Mexico (I know that can't help but make you smile) who became very well known because of the literary efforts of their superior Mother Mary Francis P.C.C. who authored books and plays including her most famous work "A Right to Be Merry". You might think a book about contemplative life would be, well boring. But the book in a word is hysterical. I won't ruin it for you. I found there is also a sequel to the book called "Forth and Abroad: Still Merry By Land and Sea". For all the books by Mother Mary Francis you can go here.
Sadly she died just last year in February of 2006. Here is a picture taken of her in 2002.
This is from the vocations page of the Diocese of New Mexico that shows the cutting of the Bridal cake at the Profession of two young sisters.
The show will also show several young women who visit the Abbey of Mount St. Marys to try to discern if they have a vocation. The cloistered convent is located in Wrentham, Massachusetts- just a hop, skip and a jump from here.
Here is what the Sister's website says about the show this evening:
ABC Television Program
20/20 Scheduled to Air
Last spring ABC crews were here to film both women discerning their vocations and our monastic life. Diane Sawyer came later to interview several sisters. Originally the segments were to be part of a larger piece and likely still are. We learned that the scheduled time is May 11 -- ABC's 20/20. The program starts at 9 pm-- a special 2 hour show on faith. It was an act of trust allowing this and we can hope that the program will be positive.
Yes, Let's hope.