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The Courage to Grow Old

  • The Community of St. Mary, Southern Province 1100 St. Mary's Lane Sewanee, TN 37375 (map)

On July 6, 2019, the Sisters of St. Mary will be welcoming Barbara Cawthorne Crafton to lead a quiet day entitled, “The Courage to Grow Old.” As Crafton puts it, “I think growing older is both funny and sad, but mostly it just makes me grateful to be alive and able to reflect. I have been an Episcopal priest for 33 years and have had extensive experience in ministering with the elderly. Now, I am growing old myself. I hate it when people are ashamed of being old. We should be proud!” Join us in this celebration of life!

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Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, and writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Episcopal Life, and other publications. She is the author of many books. In addition to her online community, the Geranium Farm, she has served a number of churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John's-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, St. Clement's in Manhattan's theatre district and St. James Church in Florence, Italy. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center.

Please register online or call us at 931-598-0046. The registration is $50 with a non-refundable deposit of $25. Limited guest accommodations are available at the convent! Please call or email Sister Hannah at