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Spokane Carmelite Sister celebrates 25th jubilee

the Inland Register

(From the July 1, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Carmelite Sister Leslie Lund renewed her vows as part of the celebration of her 25 years of Religious life. Bishop Skysltad celebrated the anniversary Mass. (IR photo courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of Mary)

Sister Leslie Lund of the Trinity, a Carmelite Sister of Mary, renewed her vows and celebrated her 25th Jubilee May 30, the Feast of the Trinity.

Bishop Skylstad celebrated the Mass.

As part of the celebration, a statue of St. Teresa of Avila, sculpted in copper and brass by Holy Names Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, was blessed and dedicated in preparation for the fifth centenary of St. Teresa, Doctor of the Church, who was born in 1515.

Sister Leslie was born in 1949 at Quantico, Va., and grew up in a military family. The family moved often and every member of her family was born in a different state.

She attended St. Gertrude School in Texas, public schools in Ohio and California, Annunciation School in North Carolina (where she was taught by the Sisters of Mercy) high school at Holy Names Academy, Spokane.

She graduated with a BA in philosophy from Washington State University and has studied abroad in Avignon, France. She received an MA in Religious Studies and also completed a two-year spiritual direction program from Gonzaga University.

Holy Names Sister Paula Mary Turnbull created a statue of St. Teresa of Avila, part of the upcoming celebration of the 500th anniversary of the saintís birth in 1515. (IR photo courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of Mary)

While living in Spain in 1979-1980 she felt a call to a monastic life and visited monasteries in Europe, but eventually decided to enter a Carmelite monastery in Indianapolis, later transferring to the Carmelite monastery in Barrington, R.I.

In 1990, along with another Carmelite Sister, Nancy Casale, she returned to the Diocese of Spokane and began a Carmelite place of solitude, offering extended solitude and prayer retreat space for Carmelite Nuns from the U.S.

The Carmelite Sisters of Mary live on 80 acres of forested land near Newport, Wash., in a community of Discalced Carmelite hermits. The primary apostolic work of Carmelites is prayer for the Church and world.

Sister Leslie also writes articles on Carmelite spirituality, is engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction, and retreat work at the hermitage and, occasionally, at Gonzaga and WSU with the Busy Personís Retreats and the Twilight Retreats, offered in cooperation with other Sisters from the diocese.

She belongs to the Association of Contemplative Sisters and the affiliation of West Coast Carmels.


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