Desert Nuns

“And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun…”

July 8, 2008 by  
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Hail! I hope this finds everyone well, and bearing the heat for the love of God! This is a first! I have actually ‘beat’ the web mistress in posting pictures before her!!! The above action-shots are from this morning when three of our Phoenix Seminarians; Matt Henry, Rev. Mr. Robert Bolding and John Parks, joined us for Mass. After a hardy breakfast we did what sisters do best…we put them to work! They graciously accepted the challenge of opening (if that is what you could call it) a newly arrived crate from Alexander. (You know Alexander, our wood-carver from Italy). They went about it with all tenacity and intelligence and managed to pull Our Lady and Jesus out unscathed!!! The only thing they broke was a sweat…it’s not as easy as it looks. The above statue was commissioned for our new monastery. Her final resting place will be in a Lady Shrine inside our Enclosure Door, where they will reign as the King and Queen of our home. Thanks you guys, YOU’RE THE BEST!

Friends, friends and MORE friends…can we ever have enough? Actually the friends in this picture fall more into the category of FAMILY! From the right it is Rita Lee, Srs. St Paul and Esther M, Rita’s sister Marianne, George (Rita’s and Marianne’s Dad), Brad (Marianne’s Hubby) and Conner Lee (one of Rick and Rita Lee’s sons…not pictured are Ronnie- George’s wife, Rick, Ryan, who is Conner’s twin and Ally their daughter.) Marianne and Brad were visiting from Connecticut and everyone was home from college so we seized the morning and spent some time together. From decorating tips to financial advice to opening their home to us when we have to make really late airport runs -the Lee’s are always there for us! WE LOVE YOU’S ALL!

The following pictures really speak for themselves, really can any words capture the cuteness bundled up in these two white pups!!!! They are growing like weeds, but are still 100% PUPPY!!! Don’t be fooled by these two lounge lizards, they are always ready to play and have an endless supply of energy…even at 4:50 AM!

What could be greater fun than this? A giant cardboard box is like a goldmine to two tiny, teething, wiggly Westies. They ‘mined’ this box for at least a week until the ‘No-Lady'(that’s me) got fed up cleaning up the mess and pitched it! They just went to the vets, and Percy (pictured above) is tipping the scale at 11.8 lbs. And Fergus is a whopping 13.8 lbs.!

OK. I think I’ll close for now. Our two travelers leave for Australia this Saturday…please accompany them, as well as the Holy Father and all those attending in your prayers. This is a spiritual outpouring for the whole Church and if you can, try to catch some of the coverage on EWTN. (for scheduling check out I know they will carry you in their prayers as well! Make sure you check out the website for Sr Marie St Paul’s first entry in St Paul’s Corner; in honor of the Year of St Paul. We remain yours in the Heart of the Church-Sr Mary Blogger

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28 Responses to ““And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun…””
  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sr. Mary Blogger,
    I thought you said that you were a procrastinator. You jumped back on pretty quick. The puppies as so cute as always, how are the kitties? You guys always have something happening at your place. Nice to have so many friends. You’all are always in my prayers. God Bless, Lisa & Shadow

  2. Jairus says:

    Wow, this is great! We also have a new statue of MAry, Queen of Apostles. We got it from the Daughters of Saint Paul and it is very beautiful. Mary is holding Jesus as if giving Him to us!

  3. Anonymous says:


    Dear PCPAs,

    This probably sounds like a ridiculous question, but I will ask anyway. I have been interested in religious life for many years and I have always wondered how often you get to shower??!! Well, I love your sight and I hope that Sr. St. Paul and Sr.Augustine have a great time at WYD. God bless and Thank you!

    A nun wanna be

  4. kestrelrose says:

    Just stopping by to say hi. You all are a light in my life.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What ever happened to Sister Mary Joanna? I have not seen her in any of the pictures since Christmas 2006. Did she leave?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know how old the picture is,(seems new) but on EWTN’s site, there is a group picture and she is in that.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That picture was the one they sent out for the Christmas mailing. I have that one hanging on my wall. That’s the one with the cross behind it. If you are talking about the one that is in their vocation section, that’s an older one. You will see these guys in that one. Lisa & Shadow

  8. Anonymous says:

    I guess my question is why did she leave?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi, the one I linked too doesn’t have any of the desert nuns but Sr. Augustine Mary and when you eput your cursor on her, it says she went to Pheonix.
    I don’t know where I read it, but I thought I read she just didn’t find it a good fit…sometimes you don’t know until you get somewhere or maybe it was something else. (Was she the one that got bit by the rattlesnake??) Maybe the nuns will touch on it one day. She is still with us though…just another coast. : )

  10. Anonymous says:

    Actually I think she left AL too… but I’m not positive.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, the paths of our lives are always winding, sometimes more than others…we just have to hold on, pray and hope we all end up where we are supposed to be with God’s help. I am so grateful for the desertnuns and all their sisters. We can never have enough prayer and witness to Jesus and his word. Someetimes our vocation isn’t clear, but we all have to do our best to live our choices the best we can.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yes, It is in one of the past blogs that she chose to return to her home and discern her path. (Or something to that effect. That is what I believe the process is and why it takes so long, they want you to know for sure.

  13. Anonymous says:

    That was Sister Jeanette Marie. The Sister that I was wondering about was Sister Mary Johanna. I have never hearded what happened to her.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Loved seeing you on LOTR…wish it were longer! Maybe they can have a “vocation day” one episode and devote more time to it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Maybe some people just don’t want their lives read on the internet. I know we are all curious, but whenever these questions are asked, they go unanswered. So I guess, if you don’t see them, just pray for them and if we are to know the info it will be presented to us. That’s the way I figure it. Some lives are meant to be private ones.

  16. Lily says:

    Sr.Mary Joanna is still around, I’m guessing there are not as many recent pictures of her.

    I love the pictures, Sisters! I taped on our DVR the LOTR episode with you on it, and will finish watching it hopefully soon! đŸ™‚
    God bless!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I received my beautiful St. Joseph rosary yesterday…thank you, I will remember you with it many times. : )

  18. Anonymous says:

    Just relax, take a deep breath. You’re doing just fine. You guys have been busy. We understand. Lisa & Shadow

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hey cool pictures from Alabama. I bet you guys had lots of fun. Understand totally about not being too good on the computer. we just don’t understand sometimes why it does what it does. No problem waiting on you’all with your computer. Don’t stress over it. You’all are in my prayers. Lisa & Shadow

  20. Anonymous says:

    Great pictures from World Youth Day!Wonderful narrative.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Loved your pictures and stuff you wrote about your good times at WYD. Have you caught up on your sleep yet. Lisa & Shadow

  22. I so enjoyed reading about the trip Down Under and seeing the pictures, it sounds like an amazing trip, and how particularly special to get to be so close to the Holy Father as he entered St. Mary’s. God bless all of you!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sister Marie St. Paul;
    Another fine writing on St. Paul. I didn’t know that it was in there til out of curiosity I clicked on it today and you had written your second one. I really enjoyed the part how God uses the unexpected. Paul killed all those Christians and that’s the one God chose to change his heart and turn him around.
    Love you guys, I’ll light a cnadle for all you do today. Have a GREAT Day. Lisa & Shadow

  24. Anonymous says:

    I love your site and grateful that you share all that you do with us. I wish that you would consider taking older vocations because I really feel drawn to your order. Blessings to all of you.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    God bless you on your new endeavor…from someone with 5 thumbs, I admire anyone with sewing talent!
    I also am praying for Sr. Marie André. My sister Laura is also recovering from her second bout of breast cancer after 4 years and is doing well. I will remember both of you and your courage.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Sr. Marie St. Paul,
    Another fine writing. I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings too. I saw it was all about our struggles in life too and that what is deep within us will win. For all of us, we hope that is Jesus. I’m still working on getting into Paul’s writings. I admit to it, the rest of the Bible is easier cause I can visualize it easier. Like the rest has pictures, but Paul, I have to work on not reading it like a newspaper too. Just printed words on a paper. But maybe one day I will get there. Thanks for the writing, enjoyed it very much. Lisa & Shadow

  28. Anonymous says:

    Sr. Paul and Sr. Andre
    Howdy from Ohio…Love and miss you all…Paulie thanks for info on the Beatitudes and to all the Lord of the Ring fans..and other fun nuns…Miss you all…and you’re missing the Fall leaves…but we will play in them for you…rustle,rustle,crunch,crunch..rake,rake,rake..having a bonfire for Sir Benedicts 17th Bday…
    Wish you were here…xoxoxoxoxo

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