I met a bloggy friend in real life for the first time today (Tom who blogs at Kicking & Screaming) and got to visit with an old friend of mine (Tom's novice director who is my old pastor, Fr. Steve). They were in the New York area getting ready for Ordinations on Saturday of one of their seminarians (Congrats soon to be Fr. Bart)! It was good to connect with a good and old friend, even if just for a short while.

This first year of novitiate is a time away. As our groovy constitutions say, "it is a period of intensive prayer and study." That combined with the fact that I'm 3,000 miles away from home base means that I don't get to see old friends very often. I have made new friends here, mostly groovy sisters and associates, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't get homesick from time time time. I manage to keep in pretty good touch with my friends and family via e-mail and the occasional phone call, but there's nothing like an in-person connection complete with hug.

It's also fun to meet virtual bloggy friends in person. I've particularly enjoyed getting to know other young men and women entering or starting out in religious life through the blogosphere. It helps somehow to have other names and faces who are embarking on this wonderful crazy journey.


Melanie said...

Hi! I am Melanie and I am from Indiana and if anyone wants to look at a blog by someone who is going through the RCIA process and has thought of becoming a nun go to http://melaniewhatisgodswill.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

Hi Susan,
If ever you just happen to come to Melbourne I'll look forward to meeting in person! Thanks again for your blog. It's one of the few places where I feel completely sane. Sarah

Michelle said...

Susan, I'm glad that you've made so many new friends. It's true that you make so many nice friends and contacts as fellow bloggers and some of these continue for a long time.Enjoy this new phase of life and have fun!