It has been fabulous visiting religious congregations on our Motherhouse Road Trip. The nuns we visit have enjoyed it, and our listeners, readers, followers, and fans have enjoyed it! While I fully expected that I would also enjoy the road trip visits, I am surprised at how profound these experiences have touched me.

I am a big fan of religious life -- my own life as an IHM Sister and also as a member of this great enterprise of Sisterhood. As Sister Maxine and I visit with different communities, I am struck by the underlying common spirit that religious have -- how much I can see myself and my own sisters in the communities we visit. Then there's all the people we happen to know mutually. "I worked with your Sister So-and-So." "I had lunch with Sister Such-and-Thus at a conference last week." It's a small world in the nun world! I am also struck by the many charisms and missions of religious congregations. Each community, and indeed each sister, has found a way to make the gift of religious life its own.

What I have found perhaps most meaningful to me personally is the great love with which the Sisters have received us. We may in some cases have never met one another, yet we are welcomed like family. I feel the warmth of hospitality and the encouragement to live fully this adventure of religious life!

Sisters Maxine, Barbara Jean, Michael Marie and Michele at the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Sisters Maxine, Barbara Jean, Michael Marie and Michele at the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, our first stop on the Motherhouse Road Trip.