Georgia Perry is a journalist originally from Indianapolis. She has written for regional papers throughout the western United States as well as national magazines including The Atlantic, CityLab, and Narratively. She loves writing stories about people living life on their own terms.
Anne Goetze spent 20 years documenting her American-born aunt Helen at the cloistered monastery in Annecy, France, where the Visitation Order was founded 400 years ago. Over the last few years, Goetze has taken her photographs/paintings of the Visitation sisters on the road, visiting the 11 Visitation monasteries in the U.S. and holding exhibitions of her work so the sisters can see it.
Dominican Sr. Lucianne Siers is director of the Institute of Religious Formation at the Catholic Theological Union, based in Chicago, leading what many consider to be a radical shift in religious life: Her work with formating sisters emphasizes developing one's individual personality alongside the self-surrender that comes with the choice to enter religious community life.
As a volunteer observer for the U.S. National Weather Service, Benedictine Sr. Marva Hoeckelman records temperatures each day at South Dakota's Mother of God Monastery. The work is simple but profound for Hoeckelman, who also writes nature poetry.
For many who grew up Catholic and left the church, the influence of the education they received in Catholic school stays with them for their entire lives — for better or worse. Lexa Walsh's show, "Oh, Sister!", is a collection of sculptural vessel-portraits (statues that are also functional jars) of the sisters she remembers, who she says both "taught and tormented" her.