Travel Journal
  • It’s the Mother of All Road Trips! We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of A Nun’s Life Ministry with an epic nine-day journey that reflects the NL spirit of innovation, adventure, and sisterhood!
  • What better way to begin a road trip than with a blessing from our friends nearby, the Sylvania Franciscans (Sister Julie OSF’s congregation)!
  • We meet sisters and friends throughout the road trip from Ohio to California. One of the inspirations for the ministry was our belief that the internet and social media can be used to foster authentic, meaningful relationships, and it’s incredible to see the many ways that’s happened over ten years!
  • Sister Sally and Sister Cynthia are wonderful podcast guests! One of the questions a listener asked them: How does the Catholic Church know if you’re really Catholic?
  • Our road trip ends with a visit to Muir Woods, where there are trees estimated to be 1,500 years old! We celebrate God’s good creation!
  • Read more about the 10th anniversary road trip, including a detailed travel journal!

Photo Highlights

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Podcast Guest Nuns

L: Sister Sally Gunn, SNJM, has served in a variety of ministries. A much-loved junior high classroom teacher, she taught in southern California schools for over 20 years. She served for more than a decade at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Encino, where she worked with the Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process and other aspects of parish life. Sister Sally has served in provincial leadership and other roles within the SNJM congregation. She was a key member of the planning team that guided the merging of five provinces of SNJM into the present U.S.-Ontario Province.

R: Sister Cynthia Canning, SNJM, has ministered in education and SNJM leadership. She began as an elementary school teacher, juggling two grades in the same classroom. She later served as a high school teacher and principal. She was then called to SNJM leadership, serving six years each in the roles of Director of Ministry and Provincial. In 1994, Sister Cynthia along with SNJM Sisters Rosemary Delaney and Margaret Kennedy founded Next Step Learning Center. The community-based nonprofit continues to assist Oakland-area youth and adults who are seeking to earn their high school equivalency, transition to college, and build better lives.  

About the Congregation

Mission Statement: Our Mission is the full development of the human person through education, contemplation, social justice, and the arts--with a focus on the education and empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged.