Travel Journal
  • Weds., 6 am: The A Nun's Life team is on the way to Detroit Metro Airport. Awesome sunrise. Lots of coffee. Going to be a good trip to Montana!
  • Thurs. at the monastery: Incredibly beautiful and quiet here. The sky is overcast due to smoke from wildfires in the state. We continue to keep the firefighters in our prayers.
  • Thurs. at the Monastery: Today's podcast was awesome! One of our topics: how the Montana landscape has shaped the sisters' spirituality.
  • Friday at the Monastery: Four of the Poor Clare sisters celebrate the anniversary of their entrance into religious life! We join them for prayer and a special meal. 
  • Before we say our goodbyes, the sisters form a prayer circle around us and pray for our safe travels. We can feel the energy of their prayers and are ready for our journey home.
  • Two plane rides and several hours later, we touch down in Detroit. It's late afternoon and the sun is shining. We drive to Toledo, remembering our wonderful visit with the Poor Clares.

Photo Highlights

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Podcast Guest Nuns


Left/Top: Sister Jane Sorenson, OSC, entered the Poor Clares in the Bronx, NY, in 1985. When sisters were being sought to begin a new foundation of Poor Clares in Montana, she volunteered. Sister Jane currently serves as the Abbess, and since 1999 has served as sacristan in the chapel. She initially was a member of the Sisters of St. Agnes, where she professed vows in 1967. She ministered as a teacher for a number of years before discerning a call to life as a Poor Clare.

Right/Bottom: Sister Catherine Cook, OSC, was born in Washington, D.C., and entered the Poor Clares at age 18. Prior to her arrival in Great Falls, Montana, to begin the new foundation, she lived in monasteries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has discovered that life in the “Wild” West is very different from the East Coast and she has fallen in love with this mission territory. Sister Catherine has a passion for reading and enjoys baking, crocheting, gardening and crafts. She currently serves as the congregation’s secretary.

About the Congregation

The Poor Clares of Montana are followers of St. Clare of Assisi living the gospel life in an enclosed, contemplative community.  Prayer and Community are the two mainstays of the life of the Poor Clares.  Therefore, to speak of prayer it is necessary to understand that a life of prayer is possible because of living a communal life with others who provide support and challenge.