First-graders met their "prayer buddies" when they visited the cloistered nuns of the Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady and Saint Therese on December 7.
Each of the students had been paired with a Sister, and across a wrought iron partition in the visiting room they asked questions like, "How did you know you wanted to be a Sister?" "How often do you pray?" "Do you celebrate birthdays?" "How do you get food if you can't leave?" The children also gave their Sister a beautiful hand-written note, and even got to meet the monastery dogs.
After visiting, the students went to the chapel to offer prayers and listen to the Sisters sing. One first-grader observed, "They sound like angels singing from heaven."
The students also planted bulbs in the first-grade garden at the monastery. They will return in spring to clean up the garden and add a special decoration.