The Nun’s Story

MOBILE, Alabama — In her teen years, in Catholic school in Philadelphia, Mary Theresa Casey felt she wanted to pursue a religious vocation, but neither teaching nor nursing appealed to her.

When she heard about the Order of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel — a contemplative order devoted to prayer — she says she “felt something stir in me.”

She read about the devout members of the order who had helped shape it, including St. Teresa of Avila of Spain and St. Therese of Lisieux, “the Little Flower” of 19th century France.

After hiding a book on the Carmelites “under my pillow,” she recalls, she let her desires be known.

“I needed to be close to God,” she says.

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