I do volunteer work at a Carmelite monastery. The nuns in residence make sure the gardens are always filled with flowers and beautiful statuary. Here is Our Lady of Grace, a statue of the Blessed Mother, which has graced their grounds for many many years. Recently, the statue was refurbished and the nuns asked me to photograph it. Here she is in all her loveliness. The cloistered nuns carry on a lively correspondence with people all over the world and have need for many greeting cards. They love sending cards that portray the monastery and I love making them for them. It’s like a ministry for me. I don’t make any money, but it’s gratifying to know these cards are being used to send cheer and hope all over the globe. I decided to show one. Hope you like it.


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  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully done Bonnie.

  • Thank you, Angelika!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    Oh, Bonnie, this is beautiful! I’m sure the nuns deeply appreciate your lovely cards. Money isn’t everything!

  • Thank you, Dot! It’s one of the most gratifying things I can do for the good nuns. And it’s so much FUN!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • RockyWalley
    RockyWalleyabout 2 years ago

    great capture and card

  • Thank you, Rocky!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 2 years ago

    Great image and work!

  • Thank you, Donna!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful Bonnie. This is indeed a ministry.

  • Thank you, Sandra!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you, Francis!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • RealPainter
    RealPainterabout 2 years ago

    love this

  • Thanks very much!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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