Mary Ann Flannery is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati who has held teaching and administrative positions at several colleges. Before her community (Vincentian Sisters of Charity) merged with the Sisters of Charity, she served as community president and in other leadership roles. She has been a freelance journalist, the director of a Jesuit retreat house, and active in social justice issues for more than 30 years. She continues to offer retreats and spiritual direction.

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Sister Helen and her community of bees

The mysteries and beauties of nature, especially reflected in the bees she tends, provide Sr. Helen Therese Scasny hours of prayer and reflection. "I feel God in all of this. And I respect the noble work of God's creatures, the bees."

Petting a wolf: a spiritual experience

Mohican, a rare red timber wolf, pawed the ground and panted with what appeared to be a smile, sizing up the group as he walked around us. I thought of St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's book Ask the Beasts as Mohican rested among new friends.