Time magazine has a lovely photo essay (with audio) on their website today, focused on the lives and vocations of cloistered Dominican nuns in Summit, New Jersey. The images are beautiful, and it's enlightening to hear a couple of the sisters discuss their vocations in their own words.If that piques your curiosity about the cloistered life, the Summit sisters offer regular virtual glimpses of monastery prayer, work, and recreation on their blog. And photographer Toni Greaves has more pictures on her site.

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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