Toni Greaves
  • Photographer Toni Greaves' "Radical Love" evolved out of a personal journey after her mother's death. Greaves explained to ABC News, "As a result of her death, I became deeply interested in who and what we are outside of our physical being, and how people find connection on that higher level. This evolved into a fascination with dedicated spiritual communities. ... I was introduced to this community of nuns. I met Sister Lauren ... the first day I visited the monastery." Pictured, Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart (formerly Sister Lauren) began dedicating her life to God at 21 years old.
    Toni Greaves
  • The title of the book, "Radical Love," was inspired by the following words that Sister Lauren had said to Greaves: "When I was discerning what I should do with my life ... I saw that none of it was enough, none of it would fulfill me, and I had to give myself more radically to God." Pictured, Sister Maria Teresa rehearses prostrating in preparation for her First Profession ceremony the next morning. First Profession is part one of two ritual ceremonies that will seal her commitment to God. Her Final Profession will happen roughly three years later.
    Toni Greaves
  • The sudden revelation of a powerful religious calling was an entirely unexpected event in the life of a college student from New Jersey named Lauren. Greaves has created a meditative body of work that follows the journey by which Lauren became Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart. Pictured, Sister Lauren, age 22, praying. The nuns observe perpetual rosary, with someone praying in the choir room 24 hours per day.
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  • Community is an important part of monastic life. Sister Maria of the Cross (back, center), age 71, laughs during a celebratory community dinner.
    Toni Greaves
  • Sister Maria Teresa, 28, became a cloistered nun at the age of 21. She now leads a hidden life of prayer and ritual, removing herself from the outside world in order to focus on the spiritual realm and a higher calling.
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  • Sister Maria Teresa works on training Fred, the monastery dog, during her half hour recreation period.
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  • The young nuns chat with 84-year-old Sister Mary Ellen Timothy (top left). The young nuns learn continually from the older Sisters.
    Toni Greaves
  • Sister Maria Teresa and Sister Joseph Maria enjoy sledding during their half hour recreation period. Sister Judith Miryam and Sister Mary Catharine watch on.
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  • As part of her Solemn Profession ceremony, 28-year-old Sister Maria Teresa will receive a simple gold band, much like wedding ring, as a symbol of her vows and final commitment to God.
    Toni Greaves
  • Sister Lauren, 22, receives her white veil (fitted by Sister Mary Martin, Prioress) in her Clothing Ceremony, which is similar to an engagement to God. Within this ceremony she receives the Dominican habit, and takes a new holy name of her choosing: Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart. To learn more about "Radical Love" <a href="http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/radical-love.html" target="external">click here.</a>
    Toni Greaves
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