Answering the call

Photographer captures the spiritual journey of a twenty-something nun

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY - MARCH 4, 2008: Sister Lauren, age 22, praying. The nuns observe perpetual rosary, with someone praying in the choir room 24-hours per day. (Photo by Toni Greaves)

There has been a recent uptick in the number of millennial Catholic women who take up the veil and commit themselves to religious service. In her new book Radical Love (which was among the literary selections waiting for Pope Francis in his New York City Hotel Room), photographer Toni Greaves explored the journey of one such young woman, a New Jersey-based nun named Sister Lauren. When she was 21-years-old, Sister Lauren heard God propose to her while listening to one of her favorite songs, and decided to enter the Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary. Radical Love follows Sister Lauren as she prays, performs daily chores, socializes with other nuns, and undergoes the spiritual ceremonies that cement her commitment to God. Greaves’ goal in publishing the book was to create a sense of understanding for a lifestyle that may seem utterly strange and foreign. “I feel like we as human beings, we put up way too many barriers between each other for stupid reasons that make absolutely no sense, when fundamentally we are all the same deep down,” she told Slate. “I want my photography to be a bridge to understanding.”

Read the full story at Slate.


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