Desert Nuns
Video from Sr. John-Mark’s Profession

Enjoy this video from Sr. John-Mark’s Perpetual Profession on December 12th, 2016! It was a most glorious day as evidenced in the photos! A special word of thanks to John Bering for the glorious photos! And another word of thanks to the wonderful folks at Papercastle Records for providing the beautiful and moving music (Starlight – written... [Read more...]

Radiant Bride of Christ

With high praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to share with you that on December 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria became a perpetually professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration. Our much beloved Bishop Olmsted celebrated the Mass of Profession along with Bishop Nevares and over a dozen priest friends... [Read more...]

Pro Orantibus Day

Something else that Our Lady’s Presentation makes me think of is perseverance. In the evocative iconography associated with this feast, the Child Mary is shown moving away from her parents as she climbs the steps of the Temple. Mary does not look back and, in a clear reference to the evangelical admonition, she moves forward with determination.”... [Read more...]

Consecrated Life is Beautiful

Once again, we have to ask ourselves: Is Jesus really our first and only love, as we promised he would be when we professed our vows? Only if he is, will we be empowered to love, in truth and mercy, every person who crosses our path. For we will have learned from Jesus the meaning and practice of love. We will be able to love because we have his own... [Read more...]

Cor ad Cor Loquitur

Listen, little poor ones called by the Lord, who have come together from many parts and provinces, live always in truth, that you may die in obedience.  Do not look at the life without, for that of the Spirit is better.” – Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi On April 16th through April 19th, we were blessed to host a PCPA Formation... [Read more...]

Advent’s Rest

[In Advent] while [Christ] remained hidden in Mary, His rest was a tremendous activity; He was making her into Himself, making Himself from her.  From her eyes He was making the eyes that would weep over Jerusalem, that would shine upon the wild flowers, that would close in death and open on the morning of the Resurrection.  From her hands He was... [Read more...]

Sr. John-Mark’s First Vows

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Capacity to Love

“Sanctity is the only cure for the vast unhappiness  of our universal failure as human beings.” – Caryll Houselander For all of you who prayed for the success of our recent Duc In Altum retreat: THANK YOU!  Your prayers were heard and answered in marvelous ways.  Unfortunately the days passed too quickly and kept me very busy…so... [Read more...]

Sr. John-Mark’s 1st Profession of Vows

Yesterday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria of St. Peter the Apostle became a professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration.   It was a simply splendid Mass – such JOY, just pure joy.  Fr. Don Kline (Sr. John-Mark’s cousin) celebrated the Mass, with Fr. John Lankeit preaching the homily.  Other concelebrants... [Read more...]

All she has, all she is, all she could be…

Today begins the Novena in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe…and the First Profession of Holy Vows of Sr. John-Mark Maria.  Please join our community in praying this beautiful Novena, adapted from a prayer by Bl. John Paul II. Click Here to Download the Novena OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, PRAY FOR US I wish you could see my desk…actually,... [Read more...]