Announcement: Theme Posts

Hello everyone,

We’re going to be doing some innovative things on the Leonie’s Longing blog over the next couple of months, and I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what to expect!

Starting on the 22nd of September and leading up to her Feast Day on the 1st of October, a novena to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux will be posted on the blog for the intentions of all women who have left the religious life. You’re warmly invited to join us in a brief prayer and meditation each day in honour of the holy sister of our patroness Léonie.

In addition to this, there will be a number of extra posts based around a common theme: the lives of Léonie and Thérèse Martin. You’ll see these posts on the anniversaries of significant events (for example, the 1898 publication date of the first edition of The Story of a Soul at the end of September) and also scattered throughout October and November in the lead-up to the Year of Consecrated Life.

All of these posts are intended to complement the beautiful personal articles sent in to us by readers, which will be published as usual throughout these themed months. (Any readers who are interested in writing a post are most welcome to email me at blogcontact[at], too!)

God bless,


Introducing Penny

Hello, Leonie’s Ladies! This is Jenni, your Blog Mistress. Many of you have been in contact with me since I took over the blog in… I can’t remember, honestly. January, maybe? At any rate, I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be out of the country for about 6 weeks this summer. Since I’ll be in monasteries, I won’t have access to the internet. (The image for this post is a little hint about where I’ll be going.)

But no worries! The blog will go on, because Penny has graciously offered to be our Blog Mistress in my absence. So, if you write to the blogcontent[at] email address in the weeks to come, please don’t think it’s a typo when you see “Penny” instead of “Jenni” in the signature.

Penny is one of our blog authors, though I can’t tell you which one, cuz most of us use pseudonyms ’round here. (Except for me. My mom really calls me Jenni. Always has.) And since I’m making this rare announcement already, I’d like to take the opportunity to say to ALL our authors: YOU’RE AMAZING. Leonie’s Longing’s blog used to be a sporadic, maybe-once-a-month thing. Thanks to all of you, we’ve been able to post regular weekly blog posts for months now. We’re overjoyed, because we know that blogs help to build a sense of community and identification with others. And that is a MAJOR mission of Leonie’s Longing. We’ve even had emails from readers telling us how grateful they are that we’re posting more regularly now. That’s all YOUR doing.

If you’re a lady who has left religious life, and you’re still lurking out there on our blog (we know you’re out there, cuz we can see how many people read each post), please get in touch with us. We’re here for you, and we want to make you as much a part of our community as you want to be. So go ahead and introduce yourself to us by emailing Leonie’s Longing’s founder Theresa at contactus[at] We can put you on our prayer list, or our events notification list, or maybe even hook you up with other Leonie’s Ladies in your area. There’s lots of things we can do, but we can’t do nuthin’ unless you say hello!

Of course, if you have any questions about the blog, or want to share with all of Leonie’s Ladies your experience or your hard-earned advice about returning to the world, don’t email Theresa. Email Penny at blogcontent[at]!

Ever (but especially tomorrow…) in His Most Sacred Heart,