“The love and devotion to Mary is what drew me to this community,” says Sister Barbara Jean Laughlin, 83, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

Benedictine charism is in Sister Christine Rausch’s blood. In fact, four of the five children in her family are Benedictines.

“My sister was to be a nun, and I was to be a mother,” explains Sister Mary Ann Hanson, 79, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Thousand Oaks, California, “but God had other plans.”

“Have sacraments, will travel,” says Father Albert Bunsic, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province. During 59 years of religious life, he has done just that, serving wherever and however he was needed.

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