Photographer documents nun's first years in monastery

Posted by Carol Schuck Scheiber
Monday 12, December 2016 | Category:   Vocation and Discernment,Consecrated Life

Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart
The photobook 'Radical Love' follows the transformative journey by which a young woman named Lauren became Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart.

Photographer Toni Greaves spent seven years documenting the transformation of "Lauren" into "Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart," and her sensitive, beautifully rendered images reveal much about the usually hidden world of cloistered religious life.

Three weeks after Lauren joined the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, Greaves began taking photos. They show her entry into a world very distinct from her full life as a college student who played sports, had a boyfriend, and once dreamed of marriage and children.  

"This story is a window into her early love of God," writes Greaves in the resulting photobook Radical Love. "The story also reveals her daily life over the years and her interactions living within a small community of nuns who are themselves in various stages of their own spiritual paths."

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