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.

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

Three Years of the LL Blog

Hello everyone!

LeoniesLongingLogoTaglineIt’s a milestone for us: three years ago on the 17th of March, our first-ever post went live on the Leonie’s Longing blog!


For a look back at where it all began, check out “Nun Ya Beeznus” by Rosa Mystica at


To all our readers, supporters and volunteers, old and new, thank you for joining us on the journey so far – and may you have a blessed Feast of Saint Patrick!

Blog Mistress Announcement: Happy New Year and #thanksconvent!

As 2015 comes to an end, I’d like to wish you all a peaceful, happy and blessed New Year, and to express my gratitude to those who have given their time and skills to the LL blog and social media this year.

To those who have managed our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and newsletter – thank you!

To those who did yeoman’s work getting the blog up and running on a new server – thank you!

To the many people across the world who have shared their sorrows, joys and insights on our blog – thank you!

To those who have created graphics and memes for the LL social media – thank you!

To those who have “liked,” re-tweeted, commented on and shared our posts with their friends – thank you!

It’s been an enormous privilege to have worked with you this year, and I’m looking forward to 2016!

Lastly, thank you to those who have contributed to our #thanksconvent campaign throughout Advent. We thought it would be appropriate to wrap up the year with an expression of thanks to the communities that formed us during our time in the religious life.

God bless, and Happy New Year to you all!