Our first stop (and first Holy Door!) was in Cincinnati, at the Monastery of St. Clare. I knew, as soon as I saw the listing, we needed to make the trip. Traveling with our own little Clare, it always pulls her into the discussion in a most pleasing way.
When we drove through the woods to our destination it was one of those "wow, I need to come here on retreat" experiences. Quiet, holy, blessed. We met Sister Doris working in the garden and she took us around the complex; explaining, questioning, experiencing. Perfect. She also told us that, when the nuns originally moved in, this was farmland! Each year, the seminarian class from the neighboring Franciscan order, planted a new set of trees. What an amazing work of man, blessed by God. The whole place is breathtaking. St. Francis would be pleased :0)
|This and the picture below are from their website|
|The Holy Door led here, to their chapel. All of the wood furniture was carved by a Franciscan brother out of the trees in the forest!|
|Sweet girl with her Patron :0)|
|The Holy Door (it was in a very narrow space...)|
|They found an earthworm in Sr. Doris's garden|
God was kind enough to end the rain just as we ended our dinner so we headed back out. The Cathedral of the Assumption was a beautiful building and we would have loved to go inside but, like many churches outside of our area, it was buttoned up tight, even at 6 PM (we are blessed to have space open to pray morning and evening!). We checked out the Holy Door, found a new nun to research and headed to our last stop of the evening.
|Mother Catherine Spalding, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This was the first statue of a historic woman in a public space in Louisville, unveiled in July, 2015!|
|DH was not a fan of the non-traditional Holy Door ;0)|
The last stop was very nearby and easy to find...just look for the giant bat!
We are blessed.
I forgot about the journey back to the hotel...we actually stopped at another Holy Door, this one at Holy Trinity good prep for this Sunday :0)
|The Holy Door was open (yay) but the church was closed :0(|