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I resided at St. Anne’s for six months while studying in Chicago. I had my own furnished room, with a large closet and plenty of bed linens and towels. The shower in the bathroom that I shared with Sister Barbara and one other woman who lived on our floor never ran out of hot water. I had a shelf in the pantry for storing dry goods, and full access to the kitchen, which meant I didn’t have to spend on expensive restaurant meals. Mother Judith even invited me several times a month to the delicious dinners she would cook for the Bible study group. Radiators keep the house toasty warm in the winter, and during the summer Mother graciously installed an air conditioner in my room. The convent is absolutely quiet and peaceful, with good WiFi. Residents conveniently have use of a washer and dryer in the basement, and can use the convent’s detergent, if desired.

The location couldn’t be better: it’s a half block from the subway in Old Town, and there are two full grocery stores and a CVS within two blocks of the convent. The north end of the Magnificent Mile is just a 10-minute walk away. I always felt safe in the neighborhood, even after dark.

The sisters are kind, and generous with what they have. They genuinely care about the wellbeing of the residents. Once, when I was sick, Mother Judith appeared at my door with a mug of homemade ginger-lemon tea, and Sister Barbara expressed concern about my cough and dropped throat lozenges in my palm. They strike a good balance: They’re never intrusive and they give you privacy, but they’re always ready to listen and offer encouragement if you want to spend time with them and talk.

Nathalie Mornu