Welcome to Our New Website!

Hello all,

It’s been a pretty tough year for Leonie’s Longing, all told. Every time we got a tech issue fixed after the hack last October, it would come back with seven others worse than itself – the malfunctioning email system, the broken links, the corrupted text on every single page… it was dire.

That’s why our Technology Coordinator has been re-building the site from the ground up, clearing out any remnants of the hack and giving it a more sophisticated, modern look in the process. It’s taken many, many hours of hard work, but what you see before you today is the end result of that labour of love.

Please take a few moments to celebrate with us! You can watch a video about Leonie’s Longing, specially designed for the official launch of our new site…

or simply have a look around and try out the new drop-down menus; why not have a click through the archives and re-discover some of your old favourites?

As ever, you can get in touch with me for all blog-related matters at blogcontent[at]leonieslonging.org, or for anything else, please visit http://leonieslonging.org/contact-us/ and drop us a line.

Thank you for all your prayers and support – here’s to a brighter year ahead!

God bless,





Leonie’s Longing: Myths, Mysteries and Misunderstandings

Our President Theresa answers questions you’ve asked (or wondered in your heart) about Leonie’s Longing.


Does Penny write all of those blogs? She’s amazing!

No, she does not. Penny runs the blog and posts everything. Thus her name ends up on each post. But yes, she is amazing. And yes, we accept submissions – please send them to blogcontent[at]leonieslonging.org!


Who pays you to do this work?

No one! We are all volunteers. We do this in our “free time” and our expenses are covered by the people who donate to us. (And we are very grateful by the way!) And we are always looking for new volunteers!


Why didn’t you write me back?

Though we can sometimes be delayed in replying, we do write everyone back (excluding people trying to sell us GENUINE ROLEX WATCHES of course). If you haven’t heard back from us, it could be the result of our tech issues. Please try again!


Did Penny really want her new email to be megalomaniacgeniusmwahahaha@leonieslonging.org ?

Yes. We didn’t think it was what the Holy Spirit wanted. #discernment


Are you all a bunch of Dominicans? What’s with all of these posts lately?

No we aren’t ALL Dominicans but I’ll admit we’re heavily reppin’ the OPs. Please help increase our diversity by volunteering to write or help out! (we will continue to accept Domincan submissions BTW for any other hounds of heaven out there).


Do you dislike Holy Mother Church? Are you a bunch of crabby old ladies?

No. Yes.

(Well, at least I am. I can’t speak for the others!)


Have you considered  _____________?

Maybe, maybe not! Drop us a line!


Your site is looking a bit tired and you keep talking about some hack. What’s the deal?

We hope to unveil a new site soon (and not “at the speed of Church” – aka millennia)


I tried to ____ on your site and it didn’t work. What is going on?

Please let us know! Sometime we aren’t aware that things are broken.


Why do I see strange words and/or spellings on your site?

Because we are an international apostolate serving the Universal Church. As a result you may see words such as spanner/wrench, gobsmacked, fortnight, pear-shaped, or unusual animals like skinks mentioned. Isn’t that ace?

Surveying the scene: the story so far…

Back in April, we launched a survey that forms our contribution to the preparatory phase for the 2018 Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

We have been blessed to receive generous and thoughtful responses from many, many former religious, and former seminarians too, from across the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Thank you for sharing your experiences!

We will continue to take responses until Thursday, June 1, 2017.

If you have been thinking about whether or not to respond, be assured that we receive responses with the greatest reverence for what you choose to share. The responses are anonymous, and each question on the survey is optional – you can answer as much or as little as you like.

Only Board Members can see the actual responses; general information about trends will be provided to the diocese of one of our Board Members for inclusion in the material given to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who will submit a national report for review in Rome.

To visit our Survey Page and to take the survey, please click on the image below!

Mail for the Month of May!

Breaking News: For a variety of reasons we just got a new P.O. box! Please note our new mailing address:

Leonie’s Longing

PO Box 13285

Lansing, MI 48901

In the last year, a large amount of our mail was junk mail. It’s always disappointing to look in the mailbox and find things that simply need to go straight into the recycling bin.

Will you help brighten our President’s day when she walks to the post office?

Please consider sending us some fun mail during the month of May. You can send us a
postcard showing us your hometown, write a fun note, draw a picture or send along some prayer requests. We would love to hear from you, and we would love to receive fun mail in our new post office box!


The Leonie’s Longing Board of Directors