Researcher finds something deep, life-changing within nuns’ cloister

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November 3, 2015

In this 2010 photo, Poor Clare Colettine nuns walk back to their Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Ill., after a funeral service for one of the closister's elderly sisters. (CNS photo/Abbie Reese) See GSR-CLARE-COLETTINE Nov. 2, 2015. Editors: photo to be used with CNS story only.

In this 2010 photo, Poor Clare Colettine nuns walk back to their Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Ill., after a funeral service for one of the closister’s elderly sisters. (CNS photo/Abbie Reese)

GLENMOORE, Pa. (CNS) — When independent filmmaker and artist Abbie Reese inaugurated her collaboration with the Poor Clare Colettine nuns at the Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Illinois, she had a professional goal: nurturing a collaborative relationship that would serve as a backdrop to a young woman’s transition from secular life into an alternative community.

Ten years down the road, Reese admits that the time she has spent with the nuns, who practice a form of strict enclosure relatively rare in contemporary culture, has had an effect on her that goes well beyond scholarly objectivity and curiosity.

A relationship that began a decade ago as a long-term project has, over time, evolved into a project she described as both broader and more profound.

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