Summer 2020 :: The “Nun Run” Part Two

by | Jul 2, 2021 | Carmel, Nun Run, written by Twinkle Toes | 8 comments

Good morning! I’m back this week to share the next stop on last summer’s Nun Run. After leaving Gower, we continued our trip to Valparaiso, Nebraska to visit the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  I have visited this convent three times in the past, for my three uncles very first Masses following their ordinations, but the last time was back in 2008 so it had been 12 years!

On our way there we stopped at a sushi restaurant for dinner (and played some “close your eyes and guess how many *insert items* are in the room” inspired by Shawn Spencer in Psych lol).

                                                        A picture on our way to the Carmel 


The Chapel at the Carmel was so beautiful!

After Mass, we were able to visit one of the sisters through the turn and she told us her vocation story which was so inspirational. Also, we noticed a young lady who, after Mass, entered into the Carmel!

When I was a baby, on our very first visit, the nuns let my parents send me through the turn to hold. I’ve been told that, after they passed me around for a bit, while visiting with our family though the cloister grille in the visit room, my mom heard them giggling on the other side of the turn and, instead of sending me back, they just sent my shoes. I love their sense of humor! 


Visiting the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph was such a rewarding experience and to see just how much the sisters give up for our Lord is so uplifting. 


  1. Anonymous

    What a beautiful experience. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Erin

    I loved the nun and baby shoe story. So thrilled for you and your family that you are growing up with a lovely Catholic community around you! So many Catholic friends!

  3. Terra

    The building and the Holy Spirit there are so beautiful, thank you for sharing the visit. That is so cute how they sent back only the shoes.

  4. Gracie

    What a fun trip and beautiful experience!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gracie

    What a fun trip and beautiful experience!!!! Thanks for Sharing!

  6. Karen H

    Thank you for Part Two of this adventure! The photos are so lovely, they capture the quiet beauty of your pilgrimage. What a blessing to be able to explore a mostly hidden world and vocation. You are so fortunate!

  7. Kerry

    "visiting the camel of Jesus"?

    Just a cute little chuckle. We all make typos now and then–or all day long like me! 🙂

    Lovely photos and very nicely described.

    many times a day, most of us.

  8. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you for pointing that out! I edited it for her 🙂


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