A six-part series by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans exploring the depth and diversity of contemplative orders in the United States, published sequentially throughout the week of Oct. 5-9, 2015, plus two columns by contributing authors about contemplative life.

Carmelite hermitage in the Washington woods, where ‘prayer is friendship with God’

Three Dominican nuns formed new community in 2007, pray seven hours a day

Researcher finds something deeper, life-changing within anonymity of the cloister

Trappistine nuns find home in Lutheran Norway