Among many attempts at recovery after World War II, was the emergence of a community of nuns organized by German Mother Basilea Schlink and Mother Martyria Madauss, called the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. The small revival group grew within Germany and eventually expanded to the United States. In 1968, Mother Basilea founded ‘Canaan in the Desert’, an American offshoot of the Sisterhood in the desert lands just North of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve in Arizona.

When my family moved to Phoenix in 2003, we found ourselves living about half a mile from the sisters at ‘Canaan in the Desert’. This body of work considers the conversations I have had with Sister Pinea and Sister Mary-Anne about prayer, pilgrimage, and embodiment in the harsh, dry land of the desert. 

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